First Batch Of Nigerians Fleeing The War In Sudan Finally Arrive In Abuja

The Air Peace flight carrying over 270 Nigerian students from the Aswan Airport in Egypt on Thursday night landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The NAF C-130H jet also conveying about 80 persons also touched down moments later.

The evacuees arrived at the airport in the midst of heavy security presence.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouk; the Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa; and the Director General of the National Management Emergency Agency (NEMA), Ahmed Mustapha, were at the airport to receive the students.

Farouk said the returnees would be given N100,000 each to enable them settle in, adding that a full press briefing on the issues surrounding the evacuation had been scheduled for later on Thursday.

The NEMA boss added that four aircraft were expected to arrive on Thursday, adding that they would convey almost 400 persons. According to him, Azman Air has joined Air Peace in the evacuation effort.

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