The Federal Government has said three Nigerians, who have been stranded in Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand, for two months, would return home soon.
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, an agency under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made this known via Twitter on Wednesday night.
It said the Nigerian Embassy in Bangkok has been in touch with the three nationals who have been trapped at the airport since March due to airport closures occasioned by the pandemic.
According to Thai airport authority, two of the three persons arrived on March 21 on an Emirates flight with the intention 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.
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.
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.”
UPDATEThree 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
Hat tip to @RichardBarrow for his tweet.
— Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (@nidcom_gov) May 20, 2020