SEVENTY-TWO stranded Nigerian nationals – all of them females, have been evacuated from Lebanon.
The stranded Nigerian ladies, according to a statement by the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on a special Middle East Airlines flight at 4p.m Sunday.
Azikiwe added that the Embassy of Nigeria in Beirut in collaboration with the Lebanese Embassy in Abuja facilitated the repatriation.
“The highly elated ladies were received on arrival by senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and after necessary documentation, were later handed over to officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and NAPTIP for the needed reintegration process.”
The federal government commended the Lebanese community for offering to pay the air tickets of the stranded Nigerians, which it said attests to the positive relationship between the governments and people of both countries.