Sudan crisis: FG set to evacuate more Nigerians, first batch land in Abuja

The federal government has concluded plans for the evacuation of more Nigerians stranded in Sudan to Egypt on Saturday for onward airlift to Nigeria. 

The first batch evacuated by the federal government arrived Abuja on Friday, after they were moved, Wednesday, by road to a border town, Aswan in Egypt, in 13 out of the 40 buses hired to transport Nigerians stranded in the country, CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM),  Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, annouced to journalists, Friday in Abuja.

She said 10 of those buses transported Nigerians from Universities in Khartoum while the remaining three buses were dispatched to El- Razi University to convey them to the Egyptian boarder town.

The Embassy of Nigeria in Sudan announced the second phase of evacuation in a statement, Friday in Khartoum, titled: Notice of Evacuation and signed on behalf of the Charge D’Affair by H. Y. Garko.

It read: “The Embassy of tje Federal Republic of Nigeria in Sudan wishes to inform all Nigerian citizens who wish to be evacuated from the crisis in Sudan thay the embassy will commence the 2nd phase of the evacuation to Egypt for onward airlift to Nigeria, tomorrow,  April 29, 2023.

“All this interested are expected to converge at Al-Razi University (Al-Azhari),  and International University (Madani Street) in the morning.

“Individuals are required to come along with one bag only. Please, adhere strictly.”

The NIDCOM boss had earlier assured Nigerians that all those who registered to be evacuated home would all be facilitated, irrespective of status, gender and state.

Dabiri-Erewa clarified that besides the huge population of Nigeria students in Sudan, there were millions of other Nigerians in the country doing their legitimate business and residing there peacefully.

She allayed the fears of being attacked by the warlords, stating the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, already secured the understanding of the two warlords before the transportation of Nigerians by road.