331 Nigerians Evacuated From UAE After Govt. issued warning
331 Nigerians living in the United Arab Emirates have been deported by the UAE government for illegal stay after the expiration of their papers and also became stranded in their country following the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was made known via a Twitter post, by Nigerians in diaspora Commission, where the commission noted that 331 have returned today making it 2,042 evacuees.
“At least 331 Nigerians stranded in the United Arab Emirates due to the coronavirus pandemic have returned home”, the NIDCOM said.
The NIDCOM said the evacuees arrived at 2:20 pm today at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, they noted that the returnees, tested negative for COVID-19 and will spend 14 days in the self-isolation center according to the presential Taskforce on COVID-19 and Nigeria Center for Disease Control protocol. Then after the isolation, they will be released to join the society.
Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Tweet reads; @nidcom_gov BREAKING: EVACUATION UPDATE @emirates
“flight conveying 331 Evacuees arrive Nnamdi Azikiwe Int’l Airport, Abuja at about 1424HRS from the United Arab Emirates UEA, today Friday, 7th of August, 2020. This brings the number of evacuees from the UAE to a total of 2,042.”
“All Evacuees tested Negative to #COVID19 and will now proceed on a 14-day SELF-ISOLATION as mandated by @NCDCgov @Fmohnigeria and Presidential Task Force on #COVID-19
Nigerians in Diaspora Commission All Evacuees tested Negative to #COVID19 and will now proceed on a 14-day SELF-ISOLATION as mandated by @NCDCgov @Fmohnigeria, and Presidential Task Force on #COVID-19″.
However, the UAE government has released a statement on 21 July, warning Nigerians with expired visas to leave the country before August 17.
The statement reads; ”Public Notice the Nigerian Embassy in the Emirates urged affected citizens to immediately submit their papers for emigration processing”.
“The Embassy wishes to inform that the government of the United Arab Emirates has granted waivers on fines/penalties on visas that expired before 1 st March 2020 to leave the country on or before 17 th of August 2020.
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News