Dubai Returnees Complain About Treated Like Prisoners

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On Wednesday, May 6th, an Emirates aircraft brought 256 stranded Nigerians in Dubai back to the country.

The evacuation was necessitated by the current COVID-19 pandemic which has unsettled many activities in the world.

The arrival of the Nigerian nationals was delayed after a woman, Mrs. Kafayat Amusan went into labour shortly after the plane took off on Wednesday. The Emirates aircraft conveying the 256 Nigerians arrived at about 7:40p.m on Thursday.

One of them, who prefers anonymity for fear of being victimised, said, “Sincerely, we have not had it good since we returned from Dubai. We all tested negative for COVID-19 but we are being treated as if we have the disease.

“We have been here for three days now but we have not been allowed to even breathe fresh air or even feel sunlight on our skin. It is as if we are in prison. Even the food we are being given is not good at all. We are just managing it.”

On arrival, some of the returnees were taken to Orchid Hotel Lekki, Lagos which serves as the quarantine centre.

The returnee said; “Immigrations took our passports on arrival and moved us to a hotel in Lekki where we’ve been quarantined. We all tested negative to COVID-19 in Dubai before traveling. We are not even allowed to go outside here just to get some sunlight,”

No fewer than 256 evacuated Nigerians arrived in Lagos State from the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday.

They arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, via an Emirates Airline about 07.40pm

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