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Coronavirus: US to evacuate citizens from Nigeria

Valentine Chinyem

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Following rising cases of the number of people affected by the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, the United State of America has advised her citizens in the country to get ready for evacuation.

This is against the backdrop of the Federal Government of Nigeria placing a ban on flights from high risk countries.

However, US Embassy and Consulate on Friday, in a notice entitled ‘Health Alert: US Mission in Nigeria’, 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.

“We will email US citizens immediately once we have flight details, routes, and costs.

“US citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to travel to Abuja or Lagos as soon as possible.

“The Embassy and Consulate are unable to assist with lodging, food, or transportation costs, and some hotels have closed or are closing.

“To disseminate important information and alerts for US Citizens including possible evacuation flights, the State Department uses the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program as its primary messaging system. US Citizens in Nigeria who want to be informed about emergency flights and receive other alerts should enroll in STEP immediately.”