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Nigerian govt evacuates 384 stranded citizens from Saudi Arabia


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NiDCOM, on Thursday evacuated 384 out of the 802 stranded Nigerians in Saudi Arabia.

Announcing the evacuation via its Twitter handle on Thursday, NiDCOM said the returnees, 83 of which are females and one infant, arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, via Saudi Air flight B773 at about 1:10 p.m.

“The returnees will be quarantined at the Federal Capital Territory Hajj camp for 14 days in line with the revised COVID-19 protocols by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19,” the statement added.

 Recall that the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs had on Wednesday announced that 802 Nigerian nationals will return from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Thursday and Friday.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gabriel Aduda, made the disclosure in a statement, disclosing that the returnees will arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport via two Saudi Arabian Airlines.

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