252 Stranded Nigerians evacuated from UAE 252
By Sophia Okiasi
Stranded Nigerians in Dubai, United Arab Emirates have been evacuated and arrived Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Saturday 22nd August 2020 via Emirates Airline, the Nigerian in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has said.
NIDCOM disclosed this on Twitter, in a post on Saturday to announce their arrival.
The post said the flight departed Dubai at 10:20am (7:20am Nigerian time) and arrived Lagos at about 3pm.
“Out of this number, 180 of them had their tickets paid for by the UAE govt, for those who claimed they couldn’t afford a return ticket” it said.
In total, 18 flights have so far evacuated 4,984 Nigerians from Dubai. Out of which the UAE government paid for 517 Nigerians on 3 Fly Dubai flights, and 380 Nigerians on Emirates Airline the commission said.
An additional 174 Nigerians are to leave Dubai on 25th August aboard Fly Dubai paid for by the UAE government. This will bring the total number of Nigerians evacuated gratis by Dubai authorities to 1,071.