The Federal Government has engaged another flight to evacuate Nigerians stranded in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic. Report says the flight has departed for Abuja.
The fully booked plane, with 324 passengers on board, left the Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, on Friday night.
It is expected to arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Saturday afternoon.
This is the third evacuation flight from the U.S. arranged by the Federal Government in two months, bringing the total number of evacuees to 811.
The travellers were screened for COVID-19 symptoms and subjected to other monitoring requirements, including presentation of their coronavirus test results.
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As usual, the departure operation was coordinated by officials of the Nigerian consulate in New York on behalf of the Nigerian missions in the U.S.
The Consul General, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, told the News Agency of Nigeria that three persons were denied boarding for failing to present their COVID-19 test results.
NAN recalls that nine persons, including a family of five, were dropped from the last flight for the same reason.
Okoyen said arrangement had been made to accommodate them in the next flight scheduled for July 28.