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After four days at the Sudan-Egypt border, Nigerian evacuees fleeing the crisis in Sudan have been granted access to Egypt to proceed to Nigeria.
“The border has just been opened (with strict conditions) after President Buhari intervened with the President of Egypt. So, the Nigerian Embassy in Egypt will begin the processing of evacuees,” said Abike Dabiri-Erewa President. Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) announced in a tweet.
Evacuees have been unable to enter Egypt since last Thursday due to logistical and diplomatic problems.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the conditions under which the entry was granted include the details and schedule of the aircraft transporting them to Nigeria and the capacity of the aircraft.
This newspaper also gathered that the Egyptian government sought an undertaking that Nigerians will be taken directly to the designated airport when they leave the border.
Other requirements include: a complete list of evacuees, with passport numbers; valid travel documents (Passport or ETC); Presence of Nigerian government officials at boarding points and on standby buses that will take them immediately to the airport.
Before the delay at the Egyptian border, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) announced last Friday that 1,600 refugees would arrive in Nigeria.
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The second batch has also left for Egypt, according to the Nigerian government.
All evacuees will be flown directly from Egypt to Nigeria.
The government said it could not be airlifted from Sudan to violence in that country.
Officially, the evacuation that started on Wednesday includes about 5,500 Nigerian students who will arrive from Sudan.
More than 400 people have been killed in fighting between Sudan’s army and the RSF paramilitaries, both led by army generals.
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