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The Federal Government has revealed that the three Nigerians who have been stranded in Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand, for two months, would return home soon. The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission disclosed this via Twitter on Wednesday night.

It said the Nigerian Embassy in Bangkok has contacted the three nationals who have been trapped at the airport since March due to airport closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Thai airport authority, two of the three persons arrived on March 21 on an Emirates flight to connect to Laos while the third person arrived on March 24 on an Etihad flight with a connection to Myanmar. But the two countries closed their borders before they could make it in.

Three Nigerians stranded at a Thailand Airport.  Source: @RichardBarrow on Twitter.
Three Nigerians stranded at a Thailand Airport. Airport Officials providing food, drinking water.
Source: @RichardBarrow on Twitter.

Consequently, none of them could travel back to Nigeria as the FG had shut the country’s airspace and airports in late March.  They could not enter Thailand also as they were only in transit and didn’t have visas for Thailand.

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Airport officials said they have been providing assistance such as food, drinking water and basic care to the three persons, adding that they tested negative for coronavirus.

Reacting on Wednesday night, NIDCOM said, “Three Nigerians stranded in Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand with Nigeria Consular officer (in a black jacket) and a Thailand Immigration Police. Our embassy in Bangkok is in touch with them and they will return home safely.”

Three Nigerians stranded at a Thailand Airport.  Source: @RichardBarrow on Twitter.
Three Nigerians stranded at a Thailand Airport.
Source: @RichardBarrow on Twitter.

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