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91 Returnees Through Nigeria Land Border To Be Quarantined For 14 Days: Nigeria COVID19 Cases Rise To 276-NCDC

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Twenty-two new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: 15 in Lagos, 4 in the FCT, 2 in Bauchi, 1 in Edo

As at 09:00pm on 8th April there are 276 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Forty-four have been discharged with six deaths

The breakdown is as follows published by NCDC 276 confirmed cases Currently

Lagos- 145
FCT- 54
Osun- 20
Oyo- 11
Edo- 12
Bauchi- 8
Akwa Ibom- 5
Kaduna- 5
Ogun- 4
Enugu- 2
Ekiti- 2
Rivers-2
Benue- 1
Ondo- 1
Kwara- 2
Delta- 1
Katsina-1

More Nigerians living in West African nations have started returning to the country through land borders following the rise in COVID-19 cases globally

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, at a press conference organised by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Wednesday, said 67 persons had already arrived at the country’s land border.

The minister, who did not indicate the land border the returnees came in from, stated that 24 more would come in today (Thursday). And that both batches (91) of returnees would be isolated for 14 days and put under surveillance for possible COVID-19 symptoms before they could proceed to their different destinations in the country.

The Nigeria Immigration Service, in a statement confirmed that the 67 Nigerians had arrived at the Seme border in Lagos State. The Comptroller General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede, said the service officials received the 67 returnees and after thorough profiling, handed them over to the Lagos State Government he noted that 58 of the returnees were from Osun State, Lagos State four; Oyo State two; Ondo State one; Edo one; Ogun-one, total 67 returnees.”

Last month, 127 Nigerians, mostly from Osun State, arrived in the country through the Idiroko border in Ogun State.

The state Governor, Dapo Abiodun, handed the returnees over to his Osun State counterpart, Gboyega Oyetola, who isolated them in Ejigbo.  Eighteen of the returnees have tested positive for COVID-19.

At the PTF press conference on Wednesday, the minister of foreign affairs said the Federal Government contacted the governments of Togo and Benin, which allowed the 67 Nigerians to pass through their territories.

The minister said, “They are now at the Nigerian border and we got the authorization for them to come into the country. They will be in isolation for the mandatory 14 days when they have come in.

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