Sudan: Nigerian Evacuees Ready To Depart Egypt, Says FG

The commission stated that the students were being prepared for their departure to Abuja through the Aswan Airport in Egypt.


FILES: Nigerian Air Force (NAF) at Aswan Airport, Egypt awaiting Nigerian evacuees from Sudan. Credit: Twitter/@nidcom_gov

 

The Chairman of the commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the first batch was expected to arrive “in a couple of hours”.

She added that the team at Abu Simbel would be evacuating the Wadi Halfa group on Wednesday morning and those at the Port Sudan border — the third group — would be evacuated last because they had just arrived today Tuesday.

Alleged Discrimination

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Tuesday, responded to a viral video on social media of a man claiming that the Nigerian Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan had refused to evacuate people of Igbo extraction from Sudan.

The ministry, in a statement by spokesperson Mrs Francisca K. Omayuli, said after investigation, it could assure Nigerians that there was “no truth whatsoever” to the allegation.

“The Nigerian Embassy in Khartoum confirmed that evacuees of Igbo extraction were among the first batch of 637 Nigerians evacuated to Aswan Border, Egypt where they are presently awaiting their eventual return to Nigeria,” it said.

“In addition, the Embassy noted that before the commencement of the movement of buses deployed for the evacuation exercise in Khartoum, there were scuffles between the students and other Nigerian residents due to the limited number of buses.

“However, more buses were made available to accommodate every Nigerian national in Sudan who indicated interest to be evacuated.”

The ministry argued it was surprising that an allegation it described as “misleading” could be levelled against officials of the embassy who had worked “tirelessly” on the evacuation exercise.

“To this end, the general public is advised to disregard the allegation,” it added.