The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission has announced that 269 Nigerians stranded in India arrived in the country on Saturday.
They arrived aboard an Air Peace flight at 2 AM, according to the Commission.
While 103 of the returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, 166 arrived at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
NIDCOM disclosed via Twitter on Saturday that the evacuees were now on a 14-day compulsory self-isolation.
An 18-second video shared by the commission showed the returnees singing songs of praises abroad the plane.
269 Stranded Nigerians in India landed in Nigeria (103 in Lagos, 166 in Abuja) today, Saturday 13th June 2020., about 2am, after a few hours of delay.
— Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (@nidcom_gov) June 13, 2020
The commission said, “269 stranded Nigerians in India landed in Nigeria (103 in Lagos, 166 in Abuja) today (Saturday) at about 2 am after a few hours of delay.
“All evacuees (are) now on a compulsory 14 days self-isolation, according to the new protocol by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.”
It, however, stated that all the evacuees tested negative before boarding and would be re-tested within 72 hours at an NCDC designated testing centre.
The Federal Government had in recent times airlifted stranded Nigerians from countries such as the United Kingdom, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, China and the United States.
This is against the backdrop of 312 Indians who were evacuated from Nigeria on an Air Peace flight.
It was gathered that the evacuees were conveyed from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Port Harcourt International Airport on Thursday.
The High Commission of India in Abuja confirmed this in a tweet, noting that the flight was operated by a Nigerian airline, Air Peace.
The stranded Nigerians repatriated from India was made by the airline on its way back.