The first batch of 160 Nigerians stranded in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic has arrived in Abuja and had been moved into quarantine.
The returnees, including eight infants, were part of the 700 Nigerians who registered for the emergency evacuation flights in the US.
They arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, around 11.05 am on Sunday, aboard an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 aircraft.
The plane departed the Newark International Airport, New Jersey, on Saturday around 8:20 p.m. local time (1:20 a.m. on Sunday Nigerian time).
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, had said the evacuees would be quarantined for 14 days before leaving for their respective destinations.
One of the returnees explained that they were checked into a hotel at the Garki area of Abuja, noting that the evacuation process went well.
He stated that the condition of the hotel where he was being quarantined was “fair enough.”