From Emmanuel Iyoho
Another batch of Nigerians fleeing Ukraine via Air Azman from Budapest, Hungary, touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja by 8.40pm on Saturday.
This makes the sixth batch of returnee Nigerians fleeing the crisis in Ukraine in the ongoing evacuation approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The latest returnees, who are mostly stranded students in Sumy, Ukraine, were received by officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Emergency Management Agency, and the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission.
Recall that some students held a protest last week, calling on the Federal Government to help evacuate them.
Sumy, The Pioneer gathered, is one of the Ukrainian cities which have come under heavy attack from Russian invaders.
Many Nigerian students stuck in the city have called for help in recent days.
The returnees were undergoing screening, documentation, and COVID-19 tests upon their arrival.
A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and signed by the spokesperson, Mrs Francisca Omayuli, on Thursday,March 10, 2022 said so far, a total number of 1,076 Nigerians fleeing the crisis in Ukraine, have been evacuated back to Nigeria as follows: 415 persons were evacuated from Bucharest, Romania, on March 4, 2022 aboard Max Air Flight, 181 persons were evacuated from Warsaw, Poland, on March 4, 2022 aboard Air Peace Flight and 174 persons were evacuated from Budapest, Hungary, on March 4, 2022 aboard Air Peace Flight.
Also, 306 persons were all evacuated from Budapest, Hungary, on March 5, 2022 aboard Air Peace Flight.
The statement read in part, “The Federal Government of Nigeria wishes to inform that in continuation of the evacuation exercise, the second flight comprising 122 persons plus an infant from Warsaw, Poland will arrive the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Friday, 11th March, 2022 at the estimated time of 12:40am aboard Air Peace. Similarly, a third evacuation flight will depart at 8.00am from Budapest, Hungary to Abuja on Saturday, 12th March 2022.”
It urged interested Nigerians fleeing Ukraine to contact:Nigerian Embassy, Budapest, Hungary on Tel. No. +36308202903 or +36308639203 or email: email@example.com Or firstname.lastname@example.org