- Air Peace airline has deployed its aircraft to evacuate Nigerians stranded in Europe according to reports
- The federal government had engaged Air Peace and another airlines to evacuate over 2,000 Nigerian nationals
- Currently, many Nigerians are stranded in countries such as Poland, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia
Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, Air Peace airline has deployed its aircraft to evacuate Nigerians stranded in Europe.
This was disclosed in a statement by the airline’s spokesman, Mr Stanley Olisa. This is the first batch of Nigerians to be evacuated since the war broke out, Punch Newspaper reports.
“The aircraft departed Nigeria at 2.20 a.m. today, March 3, 2022, for Warsaw, Poland."
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The Federal Government engaged Air Peace and another airlines to evacuate over 2,000 Nigerian nationals from neighbouring countries such as Poland, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia.
Russian war: Bread prices will increase, Okonjo-Iweala tells Nigerians, others
Meanwhile, in a stark warning to citizens of the world the director-general of the World Trade Organisation, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has revealed that the Russia-Ukraine war will push up the cost of bread, among other things.
According to her, the war in Ukraine will hurt wheat consumers as the country is a major exporter of wheat.
Russia-Ukraine war: What does Putin want?
Putin does not want Ukraine leaning towards the West. In specific terms, he listed his demands in a list of security guarantees that the West has to agree to in order to lower tensions in Europe.
Among the demands is that Ukraine must not be allowed to join NATO. He also wants any NATO drills near Russia’s border halted. Putin also wants NATO to remove any troops or weapons deployed to countries that entered the alliance after 1997.
Those being indirectly referred to include Poland, the former Soviet countries of Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and the Balkan countries.
Ukraine: FG secures visa-free access for Nigerians
In a related development, the governments of Romania and Hungary have approved visa-free access to all Nigerians coming from Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.
This good news was made public by the federal government through the ministry of foreign affairs in a statement on Sunday, February 27.
In the statement signed by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda, Nigerians in Ukraine were advised to flee to the Hungarian Zahony border and Romanian Suceava, Tulcea, Satu Mare County, and Maramures borders.