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COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by Hallams(m): 7:40am On May 14
Saudi Arabia has identified about 11,600 Nigerians reportedly stranded in the country, many due to the coronavirus disease, and is making plans to airlift them back home, an official has said.
The Nigerian embassy official, who is privy to the development but asked not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to journalists, said the Saudi’s decision was contained in a letter addressed to the embassy a few weeks ago.

The source added that the list, according to the Saudis, includes Nigerians who had visited the country for umrah – a lesser hajj – and were held up by the movement restrictions introduced by Saudi authorities as part of containment measures.

The kingdom, which recorded its index coronavirus case on March 2, had initially imposed a travel ban on some neighbouring countries before extending it to include European countries and 12 others, on March 12.
Minister confirms

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, confirmed the development. He said Nigeria’s logistics challenge has been responsible for the delay in the repatriation.
Speaking on Tuesday shortly after taking part in the daily media briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVId-19, Mr Onyeama told PREMIUM TIMES that some of the stranded Nigerians would have landed about a week ago, but that the country does not have enough facilities to accommodate them all for the 14-day quarantine period.
He said; “We are aware of this… In fact, they wanted to land last week, but they couldn’t because there was no arrangement to receive them.

“As you heard, we have a capacity we can absorb. The medical people have to monitor them for two weeks for quarantine. But there is only a certain number of port health authority staff who are able to monitor all these people as they come in.

“As the SGF said, we have to finish the ones we have, then allow some more to come in. We can’t allow everybody to come in because we don’t have the capacity to house them and also to monitor them medically.”

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the Nigerian embassy in Saudi Arabia was surprised by the huge number of Nigerians contained on the Saudi’s list of Nigerians to be repatriated, and has responded to the letter by seeking clarification on how the kingdom arrived at such.

Our source said in the letter, the Saudis noted that only 340 Nigerians have indicated their willingness to return home. The Saudi authorities, therefore, wrote to seek the embassy’s cooperation in the search “for the remaining 11,260.”

“The Saudi authorities officially stated that they will be taking charge of airlifting all Nigerians who came into the Kingdom for Umrah and or visit and got stranded here as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the official said.

He added that the embassy “has requested the Saudi authorities to furnish it with more detailed information on what they have to enable it know how to play its own role accordingly.”
Earlier, when contacted, the consular officer of the Nigerian mission in Saudi Arabia, Muhammed Aliyu, refused to speak on the issue.

In a message shared on WhatsApp with our reporter, Mr Aliyu said the embassy has no right to speak to the media on such matters.

He, however, directed this newspaper to Nigeria’s foreign affairs ministry, saying the approval to communicate with the media would have to be conveyed in writing to the embassy by the ministry.
“Mr. Alabi, professionally, Embassy has no right to speak to the media directly or indirectly, except with express approval from MFA (ministry of foreign affairs) Headquarters in Abuja. The approval will be communicated in writing to the Embassy, with clear instructions,” he said.
Mr Aliyu, however, confirmed that every official correspondence received by the embassy has been forwarded to the ministry.
https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/392507-exclusive-coronavirus-saudi-plans-to-repatriate-over-11000-nigerians-officials.html

Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by NaijaRoyalty(m): 7:41am On May 14
so this is how Hushpuppi will be repatriated back to Nigeria

uncle Coro , do and come and be going abeg .

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by Amotolongbo(f): 7:44am On May 14
NaijaRoyalty:
so this is how Hushpuppi will be repatriated back to Nigeria

uncle Coro , do and come and be going abeg .
This one thinks all the countries where Muslims are many are called Saudi Arabia.

How does it relate to Hushpuppi or does he stay in Saudi Arabia?

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by nairavsdollars(f): 7:50am On May 14
They are calling Nigeria shithole country and all manners of bad names but now from US, UK, Canada and even Saudi Arabia are begging to come to the shithole country. Na wa ooo

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by LordShiva97(m): 7:50am On May 14
That number is staggering though, 11, 000+ Nigerians undecided
Those ones go wait tire, where and how will the federal government isolate 11, 000+ people for 14 days?

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by PureGoldh(m): 7:50am On May 14
We go dey alright Las Las

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by StubbornGENIUS(m): 7:50am On May 14
Una just de blow long grammar. most of them unto DEPORTING level

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by Renida: 7:51am On May 14
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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by Amotolongbo(f): 7:51am On May 14
NaijaRoyalty:


No!
it's not called Saudi Arabia
it's called Terrorists hideout.
continue publicizing your ignorance

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by LordShiva97(m): 7:51am On May 14
Habiyo:
Are they not brothers in Islam again. Islam is highest religion of hypocrite. Come to my shrine called Kaaba to worship me and get rewarded.


What does Islam have to do with repatriating stranded foreigners?

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by Rgade: 7:51am On May 14
Nigerians always getting repatriated sad.
Wait only 360 declared interest to be repatriated.
The other 11,260 what are their plans nah.
They want to stay there and start a new life, after shouting sai baba.
That is how slawormir and Sarrki are planning to escape Nigeria through Hajj after shouting sai baba.
Their plans won't work.

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by AmazingMOG: 7:52am On May 14
Useless country

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by pantigha2(m): 7:52am On May 14
11,000??...where would they lodge?!

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by johnjay4u2u(m): 7:52am On May 14
Wow
11000, that pretty much. With no positive economic advantage to Nigeria.
This virus issue started in January worldwide yet some people decided to travel for lesser hajj.
Na wa for us.
Na to camp them for Abuja Stadium.

I hope the politicians or people from influential families among them won't be released to their homes behind the door?

We dey beg you. Stay isolated. Stay safe.

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by Macsjebs(m): 7:52am On May 14
Don't know why, no matter what I say, people tend to ignore me

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by CodeTemplar: 7:53am On May 14
What!
Aren't they better off in Saudi Arabia?
Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by teejet: 7:53am On May 14
11,000

They should remain in Saudi Arabia o!

We can't cope with that figure!
Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by Amotolongbo(f): 7:53am On May 14
NaijaRoyalty:


are they not terrorist organization?
So Saudi Arabia is a terrorist country and an ally of the US?

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by obembet(f): 7:53am On May 14
Welcome back home in adv

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by Abyima(m): 7:53am On May 14
No where Nigerians no dey. grin
Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by Risingblue008: 7:53am On May 14
this is how Hushpuppi will be repatriated back

lolll,omo see beef,baba,see who ur mind just remember,lol
Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by omonla10(m): 7:53am On May 14
I smh for naija people. these religious trips to Jerusalem and mecca have been a major source of wastage especially of our common wealth as a nation. some trips even cost over 2million per person..
but pls, is heaven guaranteed when u visit such places or what.. one day Sha, we go get sense

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by Adakintroy2: 7:54am On May 14
Obviously we are amajiris to other nations.

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by StubbornGENIUS(m): 7:54am On May 14
Tissaia:
One day the oil well will dry
you are wishing Your fellow muslims such thing even in this period of ramadan
Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by Olarewaju89: 7:54am On May 14
NCDC will be happy now that they have see figures to add up.

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by gbaskiboy(m): 7:54am On May 14
Ok, we are following
Corona! Corona! How many times have i called you?
If not our own Lion, indaboski, Pahose, liquid metal will rough handle you. The man is dangelous oo, he is coat of many courors. Be warned corona, pack ya load now

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Re: COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians by EVILFOREST: 7:54am On May 14
......... naaaaa waaaaaa
Make dem PITY us small naaaa.
Dem know say we get USELESS LEADERS already.

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