First batch of Nigerian evacuees arrive in Abuja

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The first batch of Nigerian evacuees returning from Sudan has arrived in Abuja.

The 376 returnees were airlifted by the Nigerian Air Force on the NAF C-130H aircraft and Air Peace from Aswan, Egypt, on Wednesday.

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They landed in the country’s Federal Capital Territory at 11:35 p.m., against the 11:23 p.m. scheduled for a touchdown at the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport.

According to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq, Air Peace conveyed 282 evacuees, and NAF conveyed 96 evacuees.

Farouq stated that the government of Nigeria is excited that all of them are back safely, noting that no lives were lost in the process.

She added that the evacuees will receive dignity packs and 100,000 naira transportation fare, and they will also receive N25,000 worth of call vouchers and a 1.5 GB data bundle (1.5 GB).

The Sudan Ambassador to Nigeria, Mohamed Yousif, was also present at the airport to receive the evacuees.

Yousif stated that he is sorry about the situation in Sudan but also happy to have the evacuees back in Nigeria safely.