Africa: Nigeria evacuates 1,739 from US in four months as 325 returns to country


Nigeria has so far evacuated 1,739 nationals in four months from the United States since the commencement of the global travel restrictions went in force as 325 passengers returned to the country making it the sixth flight from the US.

According to, the sixth evacuation flight is enroute two major cities, Lagos and Abuja from the United States.

In the manifest are 128 males, 174 females, and 23 infants, according to the Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr. Benaoyagha Okoyen.

This brings to 1,739 the total number of stranded Nigerians evacuated from the US by the Federal Government so far.

According to the flight schedule, the Ethiopian Airlines plane will fly directly to Abuja, and then proceed to Lagos.

Okoyen told the News Agency of Nigeria that 101 of the passengers were Abuja-bound, while the rest are heading to Lagos.

As with the previous flights, all the evacuates were subjected to the Federal Government’s COVID-19 safety requirements before boarding.

These include temperature checks and presentation of negative coronavirus test results, among others.




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