At least 268 Nigerians evacuated from China have arrived in Abuja, The Punch confirms.
The flight that conveyed the evacuees landed at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport on Saturday afternoon.
Disclosing this in a tweet, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora
Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the returnees would proceed on
compulsory 14 days quarantine as stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for
Some of the nationals had faced serial racial discriminations in Guangzhou, China, from provincial officials.
They were reportedly evicted from their apartments and hotels following
their alleged refusal to go for the mandatory quarantine imposed by the
Guangdong Provincial authorities sequel to the outbreak of coronavirus.
Some Nigerians sent a video of a woman with two children who were staying on the streets.
In the footage, the unidentified woman was feeding her infant daughter
as the older second child slept in a baby walker; she was allegedly
evicted from her apartment.
But the Chinese authorities said they subsequently provided free hotel accommodations for 207 Nigerians.
The government said the beneficiaries included Nigerians who were
evicted from their hotels and apartments by officials in the wake of the
compulsory quarantine and testing of foreigners for coronavirus by the
Guangzhou Municipal Authorities.