The Nigerian Federal Government has successfully evacuated the last batch of stranded Nigerian citizens from Sudan.
The evacuation exercise was put in place to ensure that no Nigerian fleeing the crisis in Sudan was left behind.
The returnees arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Saturday, 13th May 2023 at 6:36 pm aboard Tarco Aviation.
The Chairman of the Situation Room on the Evacuation Exercise, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, received the returnees, along with senior government officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs (NCFRMI), and Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), among other Ministries, Departments, and Agencies involved in the evacuation exercise.
According to a joint statement by the Permanent Secretary of the FMHADMSD, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, and the Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the MFA, Amb.
Janet Olisa, the latest batch of returnees marks the end of the emergency evacuation exercise for stranded Nigerians in Sudan.
A mop-up exercise will be organized for other Nigerians who may want to return home thereafter.
In total, the Federal Government deployed 15 flights to airlift a total of 2,518 Nigerian nationals from Sudan.
The Federal Government commended and appreciated the efforts of all the personnel deployed towards the successful evacuation exercise, with special appreciation going to all partners and stakeholders.
“The Federal Government is happy to announce that no Nigerian life was lost in the course of the evacuation exercise,” the statement added.