Sudan: More Nigerians will be evacuated today — NIDCOM

THE Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said the evacuation of Nigerians stranded in Sudan is ongoing and more persons will be moved from the country today, April 27. 

After struggling for days to rescue Nigerians in the country by air due to the tension and unrest the country, the Federal Government opted for evacuation by road to Cairo, the capital of Egypt. 


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The process began on Wednesday, April 27. Students and other Nigerians in Nigeria are been moved by road to Cairo, Egypt’s Capital, before they are flown to Nigeria.

According to Dabiri-Erewa, 60 people have been evacuated already and some others will be moved out of Sudan by Thursday evening. 

She said this during an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast program, Sunrise Daily, on Thursday, April 27.

“Thirteen buses of about 60 people have already left. We are hoping that they would get into Egypt later this evening, but we are monitoring them. It is not a very pleasant situation, mission officials are waiting to receive them,” she said.

NIDCOM is collaborating with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Nigerian Mission in Sudan to plan and oversee the evacuation. Dabiri-Erewa said the agencies will monitor the safe arrival of the students down to Nigeria.

The NIDCOM chairman also noted there are many undocumented Nigerians seeking evacuation from Sudan.

“There is a little challenge. Three thousand five hundred students, yes. Nigerians there are now coming without any documentation.

“The Mission is now being bombarded with people that never registered, that never showed presence, saying that they want to come.

“Everything is being done by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to ensure that is done. Perhaps, when we get all our data right, Sudan Republic is one of the areas where we have our largest Diaspora population,” she said.






     

     

    The crisis in Sudan has been on for over a week and has continued to deepen. There are two men at the heart of the clashes – the Sudan military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) commander, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

    The duo have been allies and had worked together to topple the ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in 2019 and played a pivotal role in the military coup in 2021.

    However, the tension began during negotiations to integrate the RSF into the country’s military as part of plans to restore civilian rule. The clash between the duo and their loyalists is considered a struggle for dominance in Sudan.

    As at April 21, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that the death toll in the country had risen to 413, while almost 3,551 persons were wounded.

    Beloved John is an investigative reporter with International Centre for Investigative Reporting.

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