At least 997 Americans have been evacuated from Nigeria.
This was stated by the US Mission, today while claiming that the move was to unite Americans with their families.
The mission said three chartered flights picked 850 American citizens from Lagos, while 147 were taken from Abuja.
According to Claire Pierangelo, US consul general, in times of emergency, the US Is interested in the safety and security of its citizens overseas.
“This has been three weeks in the making. We had more than 50 people working on this on a daily basis to make sure that we can find the Americans, get the planes, secure flight clearances for the planes to land here and also ensure safe passage of the Americans traveling to the airport since the city is on lockdown,” Pierangelo said.
“It was an enormous effort and I am incredibly proud of my team. We appreciate all the help from our Nigerian partners. We couldn’t have done this without them.”
She reinstated missions commitment to working closely with Nigeria and the various health authorities to keep everyone healthy and safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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