President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government on Friday announced that, it would evacuate the 600 Nigerians detained in Saudi Arabia prison for expired visa on January 28 and 29.
The Chairman, Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who noted that they would be evacuated in batches of 400 and 200, said their evacuation was delayed due to issues relating to COVID-19.
Earlier reports of Nigerians with expired visas filtered in that they were being detained by the Saudi authorities with accompanying video showing Nigerians lamenting the hardship they were facing at the detention facility.
A voice behind the video was heard pleading with the Nigerian government to come to their rescue while saying, “We are here more than three months, six months, seven months ago, without any action, no better information on transport to Nigeria.”
Reacting to the viral video, Dabiri-Erewa who took to her Twitter account on Friday and said the stranded citizens would soon be evacuated back home.
Dabiri-Erewa’s tweet read, “Nigerian irregular migrants in Saudi Arabia are due to be evacuated on the 28 and 29th of January, pending any unforeseen issues. Their evacuation was delayed due to issues relating to COVID-19. We appeal to Nigerians to resist travelling abroad without proper documents.”