The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has revealed that Nigerian migrants were left behind in the Republic of Niger during the latest repatriation of citizens from abroad, when they tested positive for COVID-19.
Giving the number of abandoned Nigerians as 158, NIDCOM said on Thursday, while giving an evacuation update that, they were left behind after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.
“158 stranded Nigerian migrants from Niamey Niger arrived Nnamdi Azikwe Int’l Airport Abuja at about 10.00 pm via Airpeace 29th July, 2020 courtesy of @EUinNigeria, @IOM_Nigeria (working with the Nigerian mission) who paid for the flight and other logistics”, NIDCOM said on its Twitter handle.
“All 158 evacuees are expected to isolate on arrival for 14 days, in line with health guidelines mandated by the Ministry of Health”.
“The evacuation was facilitated by the European Union and the International Organisation for Migration, in collaboration with the Nigerian mission in Niger.
The Commission added that one family couldn’t make the trip after the mother was delivered of a baby boy on July 24.
“Mrs Abdullahi, her husband, the newborn child as well as three (3) of their other kids will remain in Niger until such a time when another trip is organized,” NIDCOM said.