Breaking: 268 Evacuated Nigerians Lands Abuja From China

‌A minimum of two hundred and sixty eight Nigerians have arrived Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory from China.

The 268 evacuees were landed on a flight at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Saturday afternoon, May 30.

This was announced by the Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, with a tweet via his verified twitter handle.

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Abike noted that the evacuees will be put under a compulsory quarantine period of 14 days, which is a recommendation by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

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Some of the returning Nigerians had been made to go through severe racial abuses in the hands of officials in the Guangzhou province of China.

In the heat of the coronavirus pandemic, reports emerged from the Guangzhou province of China of Nigerians being evicted from their hotel rooms and resident homes by officials.

This was as a result of their supposed refusal to be put under a mandatory quarantine imposed by the Guangdong Provincial authorities as a control measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus.

They were forced to take refuge on the streets, while others made visuals of the process to go viral on social media.

In one footage, a Nigerian woman was seen trying to feed her young daughter on the streets, while her older daughter slept in a baby walker after she was evicted from her apartment by officials.

Chinese authorities later revealed that it subsequently made hotel accommodations available for free for about 207 Nigerians.

According to the Chinese government, beneficiaries were made up Nigerians who were victims of the eviction exercise that affected hotels and apartments.

Meanwhile, 292 stranded Nigerians were evacuated from Saudi Arabia and arrived Abuja on Tuesday, May 30.

The evacuees also arrived the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, late on Tuesday Night.

Also, about 160 stranded Nigerians were returned from the United States on May 10 following the outbreak and rapid spread of the lethal virus in that country.

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Written by Tare Magbei

Tare Magbei is a media practitioner with Daily Report Nigeria.

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