The evacuees, who were made up of 79 men, 460 women, and three newborns, arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja Wednesday at 4:29 a.m. on a Max Air leased flight.


NewsReport gathered that a delegation from the federal government, led by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), airport staff, and security organizations, welcomed them.

Officials of the National Commission for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Port Health Services, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and others, were also on the ground to provide essential services to the returnees.

A statement by the Head of the Press Unit of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Manzo Ezekiel, said the evacuees were given a token for transportation to their various destinations after they were screened by health officials.

They were also said to have been profiled by relevant agencies and cleared by officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

MEMA’s Director General Mustapha Ahmed, who received the returnees on behalf of the Federal Government, urged them to learn from their experiences and be law-abiding citizens.

Ahmed, who was represented by the agency’s Director of Finance and Accounts, Alhaji Sani Jiba, said the Federal Government approved the evacuation and provision of the token for the returnees to support their movement to their homes.

The Consul General of Nigeria in Dubai, Ambassador Atinuke Mohammed, who accompanied the returnees back to the country, hailed the Federal Government for its intervention in the safe evacuation of the stranded citizens back home.

Also, Nigerians have reacted angrily to the jail term slammed on a Nigerian woman, identified as @dunchichi on Twitter, to one-year jail by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government for revealing how Nigerians were reportedly detained for no reason.

She had, on August 31, posted a picture of how she and other Nigerians with valid visas were reportedly detained at Dubai international airport.




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