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Coronavirus: US To Evacuate Citizens From Nigeria

US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria says it is preparing emergency flights to evacuate its citizens in Nigeria despite airport closures , The PUNCH reports .

This is not unconnected to the exploding coronavirus cases in Nigeria which stand at 81 on Saturday morning according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control .

The Federal Government through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority had closed all international airports in the country including the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja to prevent further importation of COVID -19 .

But the Consulate on Friday , in a notice entitled ‘ Health Alert: US Mission in Nigeria ’ sighted by The PUNCH , advised American citizens to be in Abuja and Lagos “ as soon as possible ” to join the arranged flights back to the US .

It also advised nationals not in Abuja and Lagos to work with local airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available .

It stated , “ At present , there are no scheduled flights to the United States . However, we are actively exploring options and attempting to secure flights despite global airport closures and travel restrictions .

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