BREAKING: Nigerians evacuated from U.S. arrive in Abuja

An Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 787 Dreamliner prepares to take off from Addis Ababa airport in Ethiopia, Saturday, April 27, 2013. A Boeing 787 operated by Ethiopian Airlines flew from Ethiopia to Kenya's capital Nairobi on Saturday, the first commercial flight since air safety authorities grounded the Dreamliners after incidents with smoldering batteries on two different planes in January. (AP Photo/Elias Asmare)

Some Nigerians who were stranded in the United States following the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown have returned to the country. A plane carrying the returnees arrived on Sunday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Boeing 787 Ethiopian Airlines plane touched down at the airport in the Federal Capital Territory at about 11am, hours after departing New York. This comes as the Federal Government commences the evacuation of hundreds of stranded Nigerians willing to return home from various countries.

According to an earlier update by the government, a total of 160 Nigerians are expected back in the country on Sunday morning. They comprise 92 male, 60 females, and eight infants.


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