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FG To Evacuate 200 Stranded Nigerians From Canada Thursday

About 200 stranded Nigerians in Canada will be evacuated on Thursday, the Nigeria High Commission in Canada disclosed.

The mission on Monday said it received no fewer than 200 requests for evacuation, adding that a Boeing 777 aircraft operated by Air Peace had been specially arranged to bring the intending returnees home.

The High Commission, however, noted that the flight could be the only special evacuation flight for Nigerian nationals stranded in Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the prospective returnees would be picked from two locations in Canada.

The flight schedule releases by the High Commission indicated that the aircraft is expected to pick the first set from the Pearson International Airport, Toronto, from where it will fly to the Calgary International Airport, Alberta, to pick the second set of passengers.

The aircraft will then depart Alberta for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, where the evacuees would be moved into isolation for 14 days.

The one-way flight, according to the High Commission, will cost each prospective evacuee between 1,130 dollars (N452,000) and 2,000 dollars (N800,000) depending on the class.

The Federal Government has so far repatriated 678 Nigerians.

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