April 19, 2024
Sudan conflict: Evacuation begins today as FG releases N150m, hires 40 buses
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Sudan conflict: Evacuation begins today as FG releases N150m, hires 40 buses

The Federal Government will today commence the evacuation of about 5,500 Nigerians, including students stranded in Khartoum and other cities in Sudan.

To facilitate the repatriation, the government has released N150m  for hiring 40 buses to convey its citizens from Sudan to Cairo in Egypt.

The money was paid to an undisclosed transport company on Tuesday at 12:37 pm by the Central Bank of Nigeria through the National Emergency Management Agency.

Confirming the payment, the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, says the evacuation takes off Wednesday morning.

The evacuation takes place against the backdrop of a three-day ceasefire which started midnight Tuesday, but now seems uncertain amidst recent reports of flashes of resumed hostilities.

Foreign countries are moving their nationals from Sudan as deadly fighting between the two forces entered the second week.

The clashes broke out between erstwhile allies, General Abdel al-Burha,  who heads the Sudanese Armed Forces and leader of the RSF paramilitary group,  General Mohamed Dagalo, over a power-sharing disagreement.

Across the city of five million, army and paramilitary troops have fought ferocious street battles since April 15, leaving behind charred tanks, gutted buildings and looted shops.

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