The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has said that Nigerians abroad have not placed any request to be evacuated as a result of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic.
The Minister of Health, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this during a briefing on the update of COVID-19 by the Presidential Task Force in Abuja on Tuesday.
“As of now, we do not have any request from any of the embassies from Nigerians wishing to be evacuated from various countries.
“But certainly, if we receive notification from any of our embassies, we will react accordingly,” he said.
The minister who made clarification on an allegation, said that it is untrue that a Nigerian lady and her husband were maltreated in Lome, Togo, while on their way back from Brazil, through Addis Ababa, to the country.
He explained that Togo’s government was placing people entering the country from foreign countries in isolation in a four-star hotel.
“They were kept in separate rooms, and because the period of isolation is still on, our ambassador is not even allowed to see them.
“But, he is aware that they are well looked after; so, it is wrong to say that a Nigerian lady is living in deplorable conditions in Togo.”