Evacuation of Nigerians from Sudan Begins Today as FG Disburses Money, Hires Buses

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By Muhammadu Sabiu 


About 5,500 Nigerians, including students stranded in Khartoum and other towns in Sudan, will be evacuated by the federal government starting Wednesday.


The government has released N150 million to hire 40 buses to transport its stranded nationals from Sudan to Cairo, Egypt, in order to assist their return.


The money was transferred by the Central Bank of Nigeria through the National Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday at 12:37 p.m. to an unnamed transport business.


Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, confirmed the money had been transferred on Tuesday.


She added that the evacuees would depart on Wednesday morning.


The evacuation is taking place in the midst of a three-day ceasefire that the Rapid Support Force and the Sudanese armed forces claimed would begin at midnight on Tuesday.


As the second week of the deadly conflict between the two groups began, other nations used the momentary halt in hostilities to remove their citizens from Sudan.

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