By Michael Olugbode
A total of 802 Nigerian returnees from Saudi Arabia would be received after the conclusion of arrangements by the federal government.
They are expected to land in batches, one, today and the other Friday (tomorrow).
A signed press statement issued yesterday by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda read: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that 802 Nigerian nationals returning from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Thursday 28, and Friday, January 29, 2021. The returnees will be conveyed via two Saudi Arabian Airlines.
“The first batch will arrive on the January 28, at 11:50hrs, while the second will arrive January 29, at 10:35hrs.”
Aduda said the returnees will be received on arrival by officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and other relevant MDAs.
He revealed that on arrival, they will be quarantined at the FCT Hajj camp for a period of 14 days in line with established COVID-19 protocols.
Aduda promised that thereafter the Ministry will facilitate their movement to their respective home destinations.
The statement did not however reveal the reason for their return.