The Federal Government has assured the 177 Nigerians repatriated from Niger Republic of protection and support as well as respecting their dignity and rights as citizens of the Country.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq who gave the assurance in Abuja while receiving them said, the Federal Government had assembled an inter-ministerial team to ensure that arrangements were in place to cater for the returning citizens.
Represented by the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugee, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), Senator Bashir Muhammed, the Minister said the Federal Government sympathised with them as the President deemed it fit to assist all Nigerians who wished to return to the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Minister thanked the International Organisation of Migration (IOM), individuals as well as various government agencies and Organisations who contributed to the success of their return.
The 177 Nigerians who were stranded in Niger Republic due to the COVID-19 restrictions, arrived Abuja last night and would be managed in line with the COVID-19 Quarantine Protocol within 72hrs of arrival.