DESPITE directives by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammad Buhari GCFR on the continuous closure of the Nigerian air space, 35 Americans today landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) and have further traveled to Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
Information gathered is that the Americans are oil workers from Shell who are working with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) arrived on an Air X Charter aircraft A343 and were taken onboard a chartered Airpeace flight to Calabar after thorough screening by officials of the Port Health services.
This flight is part of the special flights granted permission by the Federal Government to land during the suspension of all commercial and private jets movements in the country due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The letter seeking permission to embark on the flight and land at any of the Nigerian major airports was sent to the Ministry of Aviation for approval and communicated in a letter to the various Aviation agencies to ensure seamless facilitation of the flight.
Cross River, which currently has no recorded case of the COVID-19 virus, our sources have queried the action of airlifting the foreigners from America given the country’s current status said it would be irresponsible not to take concrete steps to ensure these foreigners are free of any infection before giving them access to the countries interior.
This has created further controversy as under the COVID-19 Protocol as initiated by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 headed by the SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha and being spread by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) all returning travelers to Nigeria must stay home and avoid contact with people including family for 14-days.
Currently, the United States of America has a record 142, 737 total cases, with 135686 active; 2489 deceased and well over 4562 recovered.