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COVID-19: Nigerian govt to evacuate 270 Nigerians from US Saturday

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Geoffrey Onyeama

The Nigerian Consulate in New York said Thursday the first batch of 270 Nigerians stranded in the United States would be evacuated home Saturday.

At least 700 Nigerians in the US had registered at the country’s mission in America for the emergency evacuation over COVID-19.

A notice by the Consulate told the intending passengers that the Ethiopian Airline flight, ET8509, would depart Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, by 7:15 p.m. and arrive at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, by 11.15 a.m. Sunday.

It said: “This new arrangement replaces Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 509, which was earlier scheduled on May 10. However, those already booked on ET 509 will now be transferred by the airline to the new flight ET 8509 on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

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“Please, note that only 270 passengers shall be accommodated in this evacuation batch. Missions will, therefore, attend to applicants on a ‘first-come, first-served basis’ and shall prioritize the list of evacuees according to their immigration status.

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