UK evacuates 289 citizens from Nigeria (Photos)


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The United Kingdom has evacuated 289 more citizens resident in Nigeria as part of the European nation’s repatriation efforts occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The passengers were airlifted from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos at 3:16 pm on Wednesday with 21 crew members on board the Boeing 747 British Airways (BA) flight.

The Herald can report that Wednesday’s flight was the fourth evacuation carried out by the British government in Nigeria since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photos of the passengers checking out were shared via the UK High Commission in Nigeria’s Twitter handle with the caption: “The first batch of passengers on our 4th flight going through processing now in orderly, socially distanced queues. Don’t worry if you’ve not got a flight confirmation yet, we are working to arrange other flights for eligible persons still here. More news on that to follow soon.”

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However, each passenger was required to pay £490.50 (approximately 237,119.94) to be evacuated from Nigeria.

This newspaper recalls that 301 British citizens were evacuated from Nigeria via Lagos and 242 via Abuja on Saturday, April 18.

On Monday, April 20, the UK High Commission also airlifted 213 British citizens.

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