376 Nigerians From Sudan Arrive In Abuja
A total of 376 Nigerians fleeing the crisis in Sudan have arrived in Abuja in what is now the first batch of a government-assisted evacuation exercise.

The evacuees arrived in aircraft owned by Air Peace and the Nigerian Airforce (NAF), which conveyed the evacuees from Aswan in Egypt to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. The two aircraft arrived minutes apart.

Hon. (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), said no Nigerian is left in Khartoum.

While Air Peace conveyed 282, NAF conveyed 96 evacuees, according to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq, while addressing the press. Both aircraft arrived minutes apart.

Ms. Farouq said the government of Nigeria is happy “that all of them are back safely, no lives lost which is the most important thing and all of the efforts put in place have not gone in vain.”

She added that the evacuees will receive dignity packs and 100,000 naira transportation fare supported by the Dangote Foundation. They will also receive N25,000 worth of call vouchers and a data bundle (1.5 GB) from MTN.

Present at the airport to receive the evacuees was the Sudan Ambassador to Nigeria, Mohamed Yousif, who said he is sorry about the situation in Sudan but also happy to have the evacuees back in Nigeria safely.

Nigerian evacuees from Sudan
Mr. Yousif added that he hopes that Calm returns to his home country soon so as to enable rehabilitation and return of Nigerians to Sudan.
ROTAMEDIANEWS learned that the evacuation which commenced last Wednesday encountered some logistics and diplomatic challenges. The evacuees were initially denied entry into Egypt by the Egyptian government due to a lack of entry visas. The challenge was resolved after some days and the direct intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari, officials said.

A total of 5,500 Nigerians are expected to benefit from the evacuation. They were moved by bus from Sudan to Egypt from where they are to be airlifted to Nigeria.


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