Lagos International Airport
American citizens waiting to be evacuated left frustrated at the Lagos International Airport

The United States of America has cancelled the evacuation of nationals from Nigeria leaving citizens disappointed after they had waited hours at the Lagos Airport.

American nationals in Nigeria arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos early, waiting to be evacuated on Friday morning. However, they were kept waiting for hours in a room filled beyond its capacity despite the Coronavirus risk that being in such close proximity poses. Also, the process involved in the evacuation was not organized.

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An American national who spoke to LIB said: “There were about 600 people waiting together in a room that should contain only 200 people and there was no form of organization.”

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The source adds that they were informed several times that they were bringing planes owned by “Ivorian airlines” to evacuate them from Nigeria but the flight “was cancelled several times and were not forthcoming.”

It was later revealed that the US has cancelled evacuation of nationals from Nigeria because the plane expected to airlift American nationals from Nigeria was denied permission to fly over the airspace of some countries including Ghana, before getting into Nigeria.

Below is a video of American Nationals waiting to be evacuated.

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