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SUDAN: ‘We’ve resolved pending issue’, Dabiri-Erewa speaks on Nigerians stranded in desert

THE Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has disclosed that the Federal Government has resolved the issue with the company transporting Nigerians from the conflict-ravaged Sudan to Aswan, Egypt.

Reports emerged that around 1,500 students were stranded in the desert today.

However, in an update on Twitter, Dabiri-Arewa said: “I have just spoken to the @nemanigeria . They have started moving and the issues between Nema and the transport company have been resolved”.

She added that Air Peace Airline would be leaving for Egypt tonight while the aircraft bringing Nigerians are expected in by Friday.

According to her, “13 buses will soon be arriving. That is what I am going to address now. As I speak to you, we are expecting about 1,500 Nigerians.

“Air Peace would be leaving tonight from Nigeria to pick them up from Egypt and bring them back safely to Nigeria by tomorrow.”

The Director, Special Duties, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Dr. Onimode Bandele, also said the next batch of Nigerians to leave Sudan for Egypt were already boarding their busses.

He said: “Nigerians already know we hired 40 buses. So if 13 left today, it will be the turn of the next batch, and as I speak to you, the next batch is loading already.

“So, until we finish loading, I will not be able to confirm how many buses have left because I don’t tell lies to the press.”

Since violence erupted in Sudan over a week ago, many countries have been evacuating their nationals for safety reasons.

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