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FG Claims N560 Million Have Been Spent To Evacuate Nigerians From Sudan

The government of President Muhammadu Buhari revealed on Wednesday that $1.2 million (or around N560 million in Nigerian currency) had been used to transport Nigerians who were stuck in Sudan to safe locations via road.

This is taking place as the federal government makes additional preparations for the citizens’ return home.

After the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari and was held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, provided an update on the evacuation process. He said that so far, no Nigerian had lost their lives in the conflict between military factions in Sudan.

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“We are confident we shall not lose any life in this exercise to evacuate stranded Nigerians,” Daily Trust quoted the Minister saying.


In order to receive the nearly 40 opulent buses carrying Nigerians who had traveled from the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, by road, Dada reported that the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and staff of the Nigerian commission in Egypt and Ethiopia are currently on the ground at the Egyptian border in Aswan.

The Minister continued by saying that the federal government has applauded the Saudi Arabian administration for helping to evacuate some Nigerians across the sea.

Speaking to reporters, Geoffrey Onyeama, the minister of foreign affairs, said that the procedure had begun after the federal government had overcome some obstacles. He added that it will take a few days to remove the trapped Nigerians.

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He confirmed that the present endeavor to relocate them by road had already cost $1.2 million. Once they were securely relocated to Egypt, according to Onyeama, other arrangements will be made to have them airlifted back to Nigeria.

Women and children will be given priority over diplomats who were equally involved in the logistics of the evacuation, according to both Ministers.

They claimed that in order to evacuate as many Nigerians as possible, the Nigerian government was taking advantage of the 72-hour cease-fire window provided by the government of Sudan.



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