A Nigerian woman on Wednesday gave birth to a baby mid-air on the repatriation flight from the United Arab Emirates.
Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa confirmed this report.
According to a post on her Twitter page, Dabiri-Erewa stated thag the woman gave birth to a baby boy also stating that mother and baby were doing well.
It was also gathered from the twitter page of Hon Abike Dabiri Erewa that The flight is on its way back to Lagos with 265 returnees.
Recall that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, had earlier said that Nigerians are to arrive in Lagos from Dubai on Wednesday as part of efforts to bring Nigerians willing to come back into the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in the process of evacuating Nigerians from other countries and in accordance with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control guidelines, the evacuees will undergo a mandatory 14-day supervised quarantine in a monitored environment.
“In this regard, Emirates Airlines is scheduled to evacuate the first batch of 265 Nigerians from Dubai, United Arab Emirates and they will arrive at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, 6th May 2020 at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos,” Onyeama had said in a statement through the ministry’s spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwonye.
But a source close to the airline informed newsmen that the flight left Dubai for Lagos at 10 am and all the passengers were tested and found to be COVID-19-free.
According to the source, a woman, however, gave birth an hour into the about eight hours trip and the pilots had to return the plane to Dubai to disembark the mother and the newborn.