At the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, more Nigerians have arrived from the warring Nation, Sudan.
By 5 pm Nigerian time, a Tarco Airline Boeing 737 had carried a total of 125 evacuees, including 22 children.
Officials from the National Management Emergency Agency (NEMA), National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) were present to receive them.
The evacuees’ passports and Emergency Travel Certificates (ETCs) were being used by Nigeria Immigration Service agents as they processed them into the nation at the time of this publication.
The first evacuation since President Bola Tinubu assumed office on May 29 is this group of people.
On May 14, the Federal Government said that 160 women claiming to be Nigerians in Sudan lacked the necessary travel documents to return home.
Mustapha Ahmed, the director general of NEMA, said the organization was being cautious so as not to evacuate those who were not Nigerians.
The Nigerian Diaspora Commission had estimated that there were roughly three million Nigerians living in Sudan and 5,000 students overall before the evacuation process began.
NEMA clarified, however, that many of individuals claiming to be Nigerians could not have their citizenship validated, except from the 2,518 Nigerians who had already been evacuated and the 15 aircraft that had been operated.