- The federal government has released requirements to evacuate stranded Nigerians willing to return home
- This was contained in a statement issued by the federal ministry of foreign affairs on Wednesday, March 2
- According to the statement, only those with complete documentation at the Nigerian embassies would be evacuated
Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the federal government has concluded arrangements to evacuate its citizens fleeing the troubled European country.
Legit.ng gathered that the government on Wednesday, March 2, released requirements for stranded citizens to be evacuated home.
According to the ministry of foreign affairs, only Nigerians who are documented with the embassies in Poland, Romania and Hungary would be evacuated.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the spokesperson for the ministry, Francisca Omayuli and shared on the ministry's social media page.
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Nigerians willing to return home have been advised by the federal government to get documented as it is mandatory before evacuation.
Part of the statement read:
"Intending evacuees should kindly note that only persons documented with the Nigerian embassies will be eligible for evacuation."
Buhari approves $8.5m for evacuation of Nigerians from Ukraine
This development is coming after President Muhammadu Buhari directed the release of $8.5 million for the evacuation of Nigerians in Ukraine.
The funds are to be sent to the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management, social development.
President Buhari's directive came after the approval of a memo presented on Wednesday, March 2, during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Russian invasion: Nigerian embassy evacuates Ukraine-Based citizens from Polish borders
Meanwhile, the Nigerian embassy in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, has begun the evacuation of Ukraine-based Nigerians from Polish borders.
The evacuation was led by C.O. Ugwu, Nigeria’s ambassador to Poland. The evacuation was said to have commenced on Saturday, February 26.
Several of the evacuees reportedly said they were received by embassy staff at the borders, and thereafter moved to Warsaw.
They were also said to have commended the embassy for the good treatment, feeding, and accommodation provided for them.