the bus that conveyed the 67 returnees from Abidjan to Nigeria

By Raji Rasak/Seme

Sixty seven Nigerians resident in Ivory Coast on Wednesday arrived at Seme Border Post in a luxury bus.

They were quickly herded into quarantine by the Lagos State health officials, amid coronavirus fears.

Most of the passengers in the bus were women, children and few men.


Officials from Lagos State Ministry of Health arrived Seme border post around 4:00p.m on Wednesday in three Toyota Coaster buses.

They 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 closures in Ghana, Togo and Benin Republic due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

An official of Nigeria Immigration Service in Seme who did not want his name mentioned, said they had earlier informed the Lagos State Government of their arrival.

He said that most of the returnees were from Ejigbo in Osun.

They decided to return to Nigeria when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out inIvory Coast.

Out of the 127 Nigerians who returned to Osun from Ivory Coast two weeks ago, 17 tested positive.

Ivory Coast has 384 cases of Coronavirus as at Wednesday.