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637 Nigerian students arrives Egypt border, from Sudan

The Ministry, of Foreign Affairs and that of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development have confirmed that the first batch of 13 buses conveying six hundred and thirty seven (637) stranded Nigerian students, had arrived the identified safe borders at Aswan, Egypt.

The necessary documentation and clearance before admission into the Egyptian territory for their eventual evacuation to Nigeria is on going.

A joint statement by the Permanent Secretaries of the ministries indicates that movement of the second batch of 29 buses will commence today Saturday, 29th April, 2023.

The statement adivises evacuees to be at the designated locations with only one luggage.

It says Contrary to insinuations on the social media, Embassy staff are very much on ground in Khartoum to coordinate the evacuation exercise to the very end.

The students and other Nigerians awaiting evacuation from Khartoum, Sudan are therefore, advised to cooperate with them in order to ensure orderliness and proper documentation while embarking on the buses.

The statement expalins that the outcry over the negotiated sum of $1.2 million for the buses hired for the exercise, is uncalled for.

It says the amount in question, was negotiated in a condition of war and there are competing demands for same bus services by other countries also trying to evacuate their citizens.

In the time being, the first batch of Nigerian evacuees who have arrived Aswan are expected to be airlifted to Nigeria in the coming hours by the Nigerian Air Force and Air Peace airline, who have been on standby for the operations.

Reporting by Hamza Alkali, Editing by Marian Benjamin and Julian Osamoto