At least 150 Nigerian students are still trapped in Sumy, Ukraine and now calling for urgent evacuation amid escalating Russian bombardment.
Reports by western media say the Russians are now trageting civilians.
Sumy, in North-East Ukraine, is close to the Russian border.
Though the Nigerian government has evacuated more than 1,000 Nigerians who made it out of Ukraine to neigbouring countries such as Poland and Romania, the students in Sumy are yet to find a way out of war-torn Ukraine.
The students, in videos shared on the internet, say they have limited access to food, water and electricity.
According to them, “We wake up most mornings to the sound of explosions and spend hours in bomb shelters beneath their hostels.”
One of the students said during a protest held under snowy conditions that “We are in Sumy and we are stuck in Sumy.
“This is Day 10, people don’t have water, people don’t have light in hostels. It’s getting cold in the hostels. There is no food. We are running out of supplies. We are calling on the Nigerian government, on the foreign affairs ministry. We want to go home.”
Recall that on Monday, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama said the government was working to evacuate some Nigerians in Sumy.
“There are some Nigerians in a place called Sumy, close to the Russian border,” he said. “About 150 of them are now looking to cross into Russia. We’ve asked the ambassador in Russia to try and get a permit for them. And we are hoping that by Wednesday, we can start deploying planes to start bringing back the Nigerians,” he said.