Excitement As Another Batch of Evacuees Arrive Nigeria From Ukraine
- More Nigerians fleeing Ukraine have been evacuated and brought back home by the federal government
- The latest batch of returnees arrived in Abuja from Budapest Hungary in the early hours of Sunday, March 6
- NiDCOM disclosed that the evacuees expressed excitement to be back home after escaping the war between Russia and Ukraine
As the Nigerian government continues its evacuation of Nigerians from Ukraine, another batch of evacuees have arrived at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja.
The evacuees got into the country at about 00:30 am on Sunday, March 6, according to the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM).
They arrived via Air Peace Boeing 777-300 Flight APK7534 from Budapest Hungary.
The commission noted that all evacuees are excited to be home.
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Nigerian evacuees arrive Abuja
The first batch of nationals caught up in the war between Russia and Ukraine were successfully evacuated by the Nigerian government on Friday, March 4. They arrived from Romania on board Max Air Flight VM602.
The flight reportedly touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Friday at 7:10 am.
Following the arrival of this batch of survivors of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, the chairman of the NiDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, thanked God for the successful evacuation of the Nigerians.
The second batch of Nigerian evacuees from Ukraine arrived in Abuja on the evening of the same day. They landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, at exactly 6.35 pm on Friday, March 4, via an Air Peace flight.
Stranded Nigerian students in Ukraine beg for help
Though the Nigerian government has started evacuating its citizens, some students are still trapped in Sumy, a Ukrainian city that shares borders with Russia.
The students who have been unable to leave the city appealed for an immediate evacuation.
In a viral video posted online, the students were heard chanting “let us go home. We want to go home”.
Many residents have fled to neighbouring countries since Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24.
FG working on evacuating students
Reacting to the plight of the students in Sumy, Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria's minister of foreign affairs, said the government was making moves to evacuate them.
He stated that Nigeria's ambassador to Ukraine, Shina Alege, is following up with the Ukrainian authorities.