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The Nigerian government, on Wednesday, began the evacuation of Nigerians in Sudan.
He announced this in a tweet Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) shared a video showing buses parked in a line. He also shared a photo of people queuing up, captioning it “at the registration point this morning.”
“Last night the Nigerian Evacuation team from SUDAN received some buses to transport the Nigerian Students to nearby borders in Egypt before they were airlifted to Nigeria, the Federal Government through @nemanigeria and the Nigerian Embassy in Sudan has sorted this out,” NiDCOM tweeted. .
NiDCOM added that more buses are arriving this morning and the stranded students will depart today.
The evacuation was originally scheduled to begin on Tuesday, but it did not happen because the buses could not secure travel passes, a Foreign Ministry source who was not authorized to speak to the media told PREMIUM TIMES.
Another explanation on the WhatsApp group for Nigerians in Sudan said it was due to some logistical issues.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how some Nigerian students studying in Sudan appealed to the Nigerian government for help.
The UN has reported that almost 500 people have been killed and almost 4,100 injured since the fighting broke out more than a week ago.
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Several countries, including the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, France, among others, have been able to evacuate their citizens from the torn Sudan.
Four cease-fire attempts failed last week, but the US was able to broker a partial ceasefire that allowed more countries to evacuate and Sudanese to flee to safety.
There are no signs that Sudan’s warring parties are ready to seriously negotiate an end to the fighting, UN Sudan envoy Volker Perthes told a UN Security Council meeting in New York on Tuesday.
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