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Russia-Ukraine Crisis: First set of evacuated Nigerians arrives Abuja, 2 more aircrafts expected

The first set of Nigerians fleeing Ukraine over Russia invasion has arrived at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, via Max Air by 7.10 a.m on Friday.

Some reports claimed they are 411 while the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), a government media, claimed they are 415.

Meanwhile the the chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed an additional two aircrafts from Ukraine will arrive today.

The stranded Nigerians had fled Ukraine to Bucharest in Romania from where they were successfully evacuated to Nigeria following the intervention of the federal government with the cooperation of governments of countries neighbouring Ukraine.

According to Gabriel Aduda, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the federal government has made all necessary arrangements to ensure that no Nigerian is left stranded in any of the countries where they have fled to.

Aduda said that Nigerian airlines – Air Peace and Air Max – would transport stranded Nigerians from Romania, Hungary, and Poland.

He said that evacuation had already begun and the evacuees would begin to arrive in Nigeria from March 4.

The permanent secretary, however, urged citizens stranded in the countries neighbouring Ukraine and willing to be evacuated to Nigeria to register for the process as only those documented with the Nigerian Embassies would be eligible for evacuation.

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