The United States of America (USA) and Canada yesterday evacuated 585 of their nationals from Nigeria with separate Ethiopian Airline flights from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
The Americans, numbering 385 were evacuated on board a Boeing 777-300 series which took off at about 4.40pm en-route Washington DC.
Earlier, 200 Canadians consisting 137 airlifted from Lagos and 63 from Abuja were evacuated by an Ethiopian Airline Boeing 767, flight ET8201 with registration number ET-ALO.
The flight had 11 crew members. After the normal airport formalities, the evacuees boarded the ET flight to Abuja to pick other Canadians.
It was gathered that the aircraft left Abuja to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia enroute Toronto, Canada.
In the past few weeks, most countries have been making frantic efforts to evacuate its nationals from their current residents while the Nigerian government is also putting up plans to bring back its citizens from other parts of the world.
In the same vein, a domestic carrier, Air Peace, a few days ago evacuated 37 Egyptian nationals from the country, through the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri in Imo State.
This evacuation of Egyptians citizens is the second in evacuation of foreign nationals by Air Peace. The first was the evacuation of 274 Israelis from Lagos via Abuja to Tell Aviv. Similarly, Middle East Airline (MEA) last weekend evacuated 140 Lebanese citizens from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.