Nigerian evacuees from Dubai lament ‘Prisoners’ treatment

Nigerian evacuees from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, have decried the manner of reception they have received in isolation, claiming that they are being treated like “prisoners”.

PUNCH reports that they are presently quarantined in a hotel, where they are surrounded by soldiers who do not allow them to even get fresh air or receive some sunlight within the compound.

One of them anonymously told PUNCH, “Sincerely, we have not had it good since we returned from Dubai. We all tested negative for COVID-19 but we are being treated as if we have the disease.

“We have been here for three days now but we have not been allowed to even breathe fresh air or even feel sunlight on our skin. It is as if we are in prison. Even the food we are being given is not good at all. We are just managing it.”

Another evacuee told The PUNCH that no government official had called or visited to check their welfare except some officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control who visited them on Saturday morning.

No response has been gotten from neither the the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, nor the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyema as at Press Time.

Recall that No fewer than 256 evacuated Nigerians arrived in Lagos State from the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday.

In line with the Federal Government COVID-19 Public health guideline, the evacuees were placed on 14-day quarantine

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