The Federal Government confirmed on Sunday, through the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, that 542 stranded Nigerians have been evacuated from the United Arab Emirates.
The commission announced this on Twitter using the handle @nidcom gov.
“A total of 542 stranded Nigerians in the United Arab Emirates evacuated by the Federal Government arrived at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on board the @MaxAirLtd Charted flight.
“The aircraft landed at 4:29 AM on this day, October 23, 2022. According to a tweet from the commission, there were 460 women, 79 men, and three newborns among the evacuees.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman of NIDCOM, had stated in August that the government would evacuate the trapped Nigerians in the middle eastern nation.
The head of NIDCOM observed that some of the Nigerians profiled in the UAE did not have passports or other forms of identification while speaking at a press conference in Abuja.
The number of harassment incidents reported by Nigerians in the UAE has increased recently.
The UAE government recently sentenced a young woman just known as Dun ChiChi to one year in prison.
The woman had shared images of abuse by UAE immigration authorities on her Twitter profile.