Stranded Nigerian Students In Sudan Lands In Abuja By Air Peace And Naf

The first batch of 376 Nigerian students stranded in war-torn Sudan has arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

There were scenes of joy and relief as the first set of Nigerians — mostly students — stranded in war-torn Sudan returned home on Wednesday by air-peace



The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) plane conveying another set of Nigerians also touched down at the airport in Abuja at about 12 midnight.

The evacuees were screened by officials of the Ministry of Health upon arrival in the country.


Sadiya Farouk, minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, said each returnee would be given N100,000.

Some returnees share an embrace at the airport

Some returnees share an embrace at the airport

Another batch of evacuees from Sudan is expected to return to the country on Thursday.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), had earlier told journalists that 376 Nigerians were expected in the first batch.



She said 90 persons, including women and children, were on the NAF plane while the rest were aboard the Air Peace plane.

On Tuesday, the Air Peace aircraft landed in Egypt in preparation to airlift the stranded Nigerians back home.

The NAF evacuation team also left for Aswan Airport in Egypt on April 29 for the same operation.



However, on Monday, Dabiri-Erewa said the border was opened after President Muhammadu Buhari spoke with Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the Egyptian president.


The plane landed a few minutes before 12 midnight at the airport.

An earned conflict between rival factions of the military government of Sudan began on 15 April 2023. It started when clashes broke out in western Sudan, in the capital city of Khartoum, and in the Darfur region.

As of 25 April, at least 559 people have been killed and more than 4,000 others had been injured, with many displaced.



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