Abuja, Nigeria – The Nigerian government has evacuated 542 stranded Nigerians who are stranded in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
The Head of the Press Unit of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Manzo Ezekiel, on Friday announced their evacuation in an invitation preceding their arrival.
Ezekiel said that the evacuees are expected to arrive at the Hajj Terminal of General Aviation Terminal (GAT) private wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, in Max Air on Saturday at about 7.30 am.
However, the Head, Press Unit, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Manzo Ezekiel in a statement signed on Sunday said they were received by a Federal Government team led by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and airport officials, security agencies including National Commission for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Customs Service, Port Health Services amongst others.
According to Ezekiel, the returnees were screened by the health officials, profiled by various relevant agencies and cleared by the Nigerian Immigration Service before being given a token of transport fare by NEMA
The evacuees arrived at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja aboard Boeing 747 of a Max Air Chartered flight.
On board the plane, which touched down at 4:29 a.m, were 79 males, 460 females and three infants.
Director General, NEMA, Mustapha Habib Ahmed who was represented by the Director of Finance and Accounts, Alh. Sani Ahmed Jiba, received the returnees on behalf of the Federal Government, urging them to learn from their experiences and be law-abiding citizens.
He said the Nigerian Government approved the evacuation as well as a token for the returnees to support their movement back to their homes.
The Consul General of Nigeria in Dubai, Amb. Atinuke Taibat Mohammed, who accompanied the returnees back on the flight, appreciated the Federal Government for the special intervention in the safe evacuation of the stranded citizens back home.
The evacuation followed the increasing harassment of Nigerians in the Middle East country following the tightening of her immigration laws which invalidate the stay of some Nigerians.