The Indian government has begun the evacuation of its citizens stranded in Nigeria as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The High Commission of India revealed this in a tweet on Sunday.
The Commission revealed that the repatriation exercise was conducted in the early hours of Sunday with the airlifting of 312 Indian nationals.
It added that the aircraft conveying the evacuees departed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
It noted that the flight, operated by a Nigerian airline Air Peace, was the first indigenous airline to fly directly to India.
“Repatriation of Indian nationals from Nigeria began today with the Lagos-Kochi Air Peace flight. With 312 passengers, it is also the first-ever Nigerian airline to fly directly to India. Thank @MEAIndia @MoCA_GoI @PIBHomeAffairs @NigeriaGov and team @india_nigeria for support,” the Commission’s tweet read.