The Federal Government has evacuated 289 more Nigerians stranded in the United States due to COVID-19 induced border closure.
An Ethiopian Airlines plane conveying the returnees took off from New Jersey on Tuesday night, and is expected to land in Abuja on Wednesday afternoon.
This was the fourth evacuation flight and it increased the total number of Nigerians so far brought back home by the government from the US to 1,095.
The Consul- General of Nigeria in New York, Mr. Benaoyagha Okoyen, who confirmed the latest exercise to journalists, said two families of seven were dropped from the flight.
Okoyen said they were stopped from boarding the flight for failing to present the COVID-19 test result, which is a key requirement for the flight.
The returnees were stranded in the US after Nigeria shut its borders against other countries in March to check the spread of the pandemic.
The US is currently the epicentre of the pandemic with 4.3 million confirmed cases and 149,256 deaths as of Tuesday, according to John Hopkins University’s data.