A Nigerian woman on Wednesday gave birth to baby mid-air on the repatriation flight from Dubai
Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa revealed this on Wednesday
She said the woman was delivered of a baby boy and both son and mother were doing well at a hospital in Dubai.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, had said 256 Nigerians would arrive in Lagos from Dubai on Wednesday as part of efforts to bring Nigerians willing to come back into the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in the process of evacuating Nigerians from abroad and in accordance with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control guidelines, the evacuees will undergo a mandatory 14-day supervised quarantine in a monitored environment.
But a source close to the airline informed our correspondent that the flight left Dubai for Lagos at 10 am and all the passengers were tested and found to be COVID-19-free.
The NIDCOM chair revealed that, “A Nigerian lady, one of the stranded Nigerian travellers returning from Dubai, has been delivered of a baby boy. She was delivered onboard which resulted in the plane returning back to Dubai after takeoff. She is currently being admitted at a hospital in Dubai.
“The Nigerian Ambassador in Dubai, Amb. Mohammed Rimi and staff of the Embassy are in touch with mother and child who are in good condition.”
Later in the evening, the 256 evacuated Nigerians eventually landed in Lagos State from the United Arab Emirates
They arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, via an Emirates Airline about 07.40pm.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, confirmed their arrival.
“The flight conveying 256 Nigerians evacuated from Dubai has landed Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos,” he said.
The returnees had been scheduled to arrive at the airport at 3.00 p.m. but one of the passengers went into labour. This compelled them to return to Dubai.
They will be proceeding to a location for compulsory isolation. All 256 tested negative for COVID-19 before boarding from Dubai,” she added.
According to Minister Onyeama, over 4,000 Nigerians are waiting to be evacuated across the world back home.