Five hundred and twenty – five Nigerians stranded by the coronavirus lockdown in the United States of America and Cyprus have been repatriated home by the federal government .
Three hundred and fifteen of them were airlifted to Abuja by the Ethiopian Airline while the remaining 210 came aboard a Turkish Airline .
Chairman , Nigerians in Diaspora Commission , Abike Dabiri – Erewa , confirmed the arrival of the evacuees on her Twitter handle on Saturday .
Earlier, the Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said on Twitter that the evacuees from the US departed Newark Airport, New Jersey at 23 : 27 hrs on Friday
Those evacuated by the Turkish Airline included students from Cyprus , Nigerian professionals in Turkey and few Nigerian professional footballers.
Onyeama said ,” Two more evacuation flights are expected from the US to Abuja and Lagos , on the 28 th and 31 st of this month. ”
The federal government had on July 4 evacuated 335 stranded citizens from the US as a result of the COVID – 19 pandemic .