The Federal Government has evacuated another batch of 65 Nigerians stranded in some European countries and Pakistan, Global TimesNG has learnt.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, announced the evacuation in a tweet.
The breakdown shows that 50 of the evacuees came in from Pakistan while 15 are from five different European nations of Belgium, France, Germany, Holland and Estonia.
According to a source at the Nnamdi Azikwe airport, the evacuees from Pakistan arrived around 1am on Friday.
Onyeama said in a tweet: “Air France flight departed Paris to Lagos today (Thursday, June 18, 2020) and there were 15 Nigerians on board from France, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Estonia who had registered for the evacuation with the Nigerian Missions in these countries.”
In another tweet, he stated, “An aircraft conveying 50 of our nationals stranded in Pakistan and one Pakistani national departed Islamabad International Airport at about 16.05 hours (4.05pm) local time.
“It is expected to arrive Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja at 3.00am on Friday June 19, 2020. ”
The latest arrival brings to 1,588 Nigerians that have been evacuated since the global lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.
1,523 Nigerians had been evacuated as at June 13, 2020.
There are over 4,000 Nigerians stranded in various countries across the globe.