Nigerian woman aboard an Emirates Airline flight evacuating Nigerians from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was delivered of a baby boy.
The woman, identified as Kafayat Amusan, was among the Nigerian travellers stranded in the country.
The Wednesday flight had to return to base for a short period, after the woman went into labour mid air.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, who confirmed this said the plane made a U-turn after the woman developed complications.
Nigerian lady, Mrs. Kafayat Amusan, one of the stranded Nigerians travellers returning from Dubai, has been delivered of a baby,” she said.
“She developed complications on board , which resulted in the plane returning back to Dubai after take-off. She is currently admitted at a hospital in Dubai.”
According to Dabiri-Erewa, the Nigerian ambassador in Dubai, and staff of the embassy are in touch with the mother and child who are in good condition.
“Emirates had to change to another aircraft which is now enroute Lagos with 265 returnees on board,” she added.
Dabiri-Erewa said the new mother “will return to Nigeria after obtaining a birth certificate and other necessary travel documents for her baby boy.”
About 265 returnees are on the flight which is expected to land later in the day.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Tuesday, said it “is in the process of evacuating Nigerians from abroad and in accordance with NCDC guidelines, the evacuees will undergo a mandatory 14-day supervised quarantine in a monitored environment.”
About 300 evacuees are also expected from London, on Friday, May 8 and arrangements to evacuate Nigerians from New York to Abuja are also ongoing with Ethiopian Airlines.