384 Stranded Nigerians Return From Saudi Arabia

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A of 384 Nigerians stranded Saudi Arabia on arrived at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The returnees arrived via Air flight B773 at about 1:10 pm local and were received by officials including those of Nigerians Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM).

They include 300 males, 83 females, and one infant.

A representative of the minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bolaji received the returnees at the Hajj Terminal where he charged them not to despair.

He however said the Nigerian government does not support illegal migration.

The evacuation of the stranded Nigerians follows a call for help them a video went viral recently on .

The videos showed bodies – wrapped in black polythene bags – lying on the floor in a packed room a voice narrating they have been stranded for than seven .

The Chairman of NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa while responding to the viral video depicting Nigerians pleading to be returned from Saudi Arabia assured they will be evacuated from the Muslim country by January 28th and 29th.

She attributed the delay to the as both countries bickered over the responsibility of paying for COVID-19 tests.

“I can’t confirm the video. But I know that we have 600 Nigerians that are illegal migrants, that would be leaving Saudi Arabia.

“Yesterday we were the Minister of for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, and other officials and have already been made to get them home before the end of the month pending any unforeseen circumstances,” the NIDCOM boss said.