The United States Mission in Nigeria has announced the commencement of evacuation of its citizens from Nigeria.
The development follows the coronavirus outbreak which has killed over 35,000 people worldwide.
Interested citizens were said to have indicated readiness to leave the country to be with their families back home.
The Embassy confirmed the development Monday night via a post on Twitter.
“The U.S. Consulate in Lagos has confirmed multiple emergency flights for this week departing from Lagos and Abuja. Please do not come to the airport until we have contacted you directly. Please shelter in place and await further information,” it said.
Similarly, Germany is set to begin the airlifting of its citizens in Nigeria.
The Mission in Nigerian urged interested nationals to fill specific forms on its website.
France and Israel have commenced the evacuation of some of their nationals from Africa’s most populous nation.
Nigeria currently has 111 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, President Muhammad Buhari has approved the constitution of a new committee to look after the economy amid the global pandemic.