SUDAN: Second Batch Of Evacuees Arrives Today

The second batch of Nigerians fleeing the insurrection in Sudan are expected to arrive Nigeria on Friday from Egypt, where they got stranded.

The first batch of the evacuees, numbering 376, arrived Nigeria on Wednesday night after spending seven days at the Arqeen border of Khartoum, Sudan.

An Air Peace plane, which airlifted 282 evacuees, landed in Nigeria at 11:35pm on Wednesday, while NAF C130 arrived 11:55pm with 94 evacuees.

However, the Nigerian Ambassador to Egypt, Nura Rimi, said on Thursday that, “Ninety-five Nigerian students from Borno State have been moved from Wadi Halfa to the Egyptian side of the border.

“They are to be evacuated by the Azman Aircraft together with other students already processed.

“The rest of the students waiting at the two border crossings (Wadi Halfa and Arqeen) will be evacuated by tomorrow Friday barring any hitches.”

The second batch of stranded Nigerians arrived Port Sudan on Tuesday for airlifting to Nigeria.

The Federal Government on Wednesday night said four aircraft were made available to evacuate Nigerians from Sudan.

The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, noted that the four airplanes could move at once and “everyone would definitely arrive,” adding that another 3,000 stranded Nigerians were expected to return home.


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