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COVID-19: Nigeria Suspends All International Flights, Rail Services

Railway passengers' trains also closed

COVID-19: Nigeria Suspends All International Flights, Rail Services


COVID-19: Nigeria Suspends All International Flights, Rail Services

After authorities confirmed ten new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, which bring the total number of cases of Coronavirus in the country to 22, the Nigerian government has suspended international flights in all its airports.

A statement by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority said the restriction will take effect from Monday 23rd of March, 2020.

It said, “Further to our earlier letter in restriction of International flights into Nigeria, we wish to inform you that effective Monday 23rd March from 2300Z to 23rd April at 2300Z, Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos (DNMM) and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja (DNAA) will be closed to all international flights.”

The country had earlier announced of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano (DNKN), Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu (DNEN) and Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa (DNPO).

But, on Saturday, the Nigerian Civil Aviation of Authority announced “Henceforth, all airports in Nigeria are closed to all incoming international flights with the exception of emergency and essential flights.”

Similarly, railway transportation has been closed in the country.

The Nigerian Railway Corporation announced the closure Saturday. It said effective from Monday 23rd March, 2020 all passengers’ trains operation would stop.



A. S. Agamah is a journalist and has been practicing in Nigeria for about a decade. His interest cuts across politics, economics, health, sociocultural issues and community reporting.

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