The Nigerian Federal Government has evacuated 542 Nigerians who are stranded in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.They are made up of of 79 males, 460 females and three infants.
They were received today, October 23, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on board Maxair charted flight, by the Director-General of of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Ahmed, from the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
A statement by the head of the Press Unit of the NEMA), Manzo Ezekiel said that the returnees were screened by health officials, profiled by various relevant agencies and cleared by the Nigerian Immigration Service, before being given a token to aid their transportation to their destinations by NEMA.
The Director-General advised the returnees to learn from their experiences and be law-abiding citizens.
Ahmed, who was represented by the Director of Finance and Account of the agency, Sani Jiba, said that the federal government had approved the evacuation and provision of the token to support their movement back to their various homes.
This was even as the Consul General of Nigeria in Dubai, Atinuke Mohammed, who accompanied the returnees to Nigeria, expressed appreciation to Nigerian government for the special intervention in the safe evacuation of the citizens.
The return of the Nigerians was witnessed also by officials of NEMA, airport officials, security agencies, National Commission for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), NAPTIP, NIDCOM, NDLEA, Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Customs Service, NCDC, Port Health Services, among others.