More Britons to leave Nigeria in three charter flights

The United Kingdom Government has announced three more charter flights for the evacuation of Britons stranded in the country.

The flights are scheduled for May 29 on the Lagos-London; June 1, Lagos-London and June 6, Abuja-London routes.

A statement from the British High Commission in Abuja on Sunday, disclosed that a UK-organised special internal charter flight would travel from Port Harcourt to Abuja on June 6 to enable British nationals based in or near Port Harcourt to join the flight from Abuja to London.

It noted that more than 1,700 British travellers had already returned to the UK on special charter flights in April and May from Lagos and Abuja.

The Minister of State for Africa, James Duddridge, said Britons in Nigeria would now have access to additional repatriation flights, meaning that hundreds more would be able to fly home.

“We’ve already arranged for around 1,700 people to return home to their friends and families and continue to support British nationals who remain in the country,” he added.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, urged eligible UK citizens to book seats on these flights “as they are likely to be the last charter flights available.”

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