Geoffrey Onyema, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has revealed that the federal government will quarantine 91 Nigerians, who are returning to the country through the land borders.
More Nigerians living in West African countries have started returning to the country through land borders, following the rise in Coronavirus cases globally.
Onyema, at a press conference organised by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Wednesday, said 67 persons have arrived at one of the country’s land border already.
The minister, who did not dislcose the land border the returnees are, stated that 24 more will arrive today. (Thursday).
He stated that both batches of returnees will be isolated for 14 days, and put under surveillance for possible Coronavirus symptoms, before they will be allowed to proceed to their different destinations in the country.
The Nigeria Immigration Service, in a statement, confirmed that the 67 Nigerians arrived at the Seme border in Lagos State.
Muhammad Babande, Comptroller General of the NIS, said the service officials received the 67 returnees, and after thorough profiling, handed them over to the state government.
In the statement by the NIS spokesperson, Sunday James, 58 of the returnees are from Osun State.
He said the NIS “handed them over to the Lagos State Government, represented by the Special Assistant Health to the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Dr Tunde Ajayi, after thorough profiling with the following details: Osun State, 58; Lagos State, four; Oyo State, two; Ondo State, one; Edo, one; Ogun-one, total 67 returnees.”
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According to The PUNCH, the Lagos State government has accommodated the 67 returnees in hotels in Badagry, where they will be quarantined for two weeks.