From Blessing Olaifa, Abuja with agency report
Sixty-seven Nigerian residents in Ivory Coast, who on Wednesday arrived in the country, have been taken into quarantine by the Lagos State Government.
They arrived at the Seme Border in a luxurious bus with registration number Osun XA 240 EJG.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), most of the passengers in the bus were women, children and few men.
Officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health arrived Seme border post around 4:00pm in three Toyota Coaster buses and took the returnees to isolation centres in Badagry for tests and quarantine.
The Nigerians, who left Ivory Coast on Sunday, were delayed on their way because of the border closure in Ghana, Togo and Benin Republic due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NAN gathered.
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A source said that most of the returnees were from Ejigbo in Osun State, resident in Ivory Coast, but decided to come back to Nigeria when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in the country.
Eighteen of the 127 Nigerians who returned to Osun from Ivory Coast penultimate week tested positive. Cote d’Ivoire has 345 cases of Coronavirus.
Explaining the arrival of the returnees, the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) spokesman Sunday James said “sixty-seven (67) returnee Nigerians from Abidjan arrived today (Wednesday) at Seme Control Post where the NIS Operatives received them and handed them over to the Lagos State Government represented by the Special Assistant Health to the Executive Governor of Lagos State Dr. Tunde Ajayi after thorough profiling.
He said 58 of the returnees are from Osun, Lagos (4), Oyo (2), Ondo (1), Edo (1), Ogun (1).