… returnees to get N100,000 each
After initial delays and difficulties associated with their evacuation of Nigerians from war torn Sudan, the first batch of the evacuees who fled Sudan have returned to the country.
The difficulties experienced in evacuating Nigerians from the country was due to the closure of Sudanese Airspace which made the Federal Government to make arrangement for them to be conveyed to Egypt by road from where they were to connect flights back home.
However, there was a major setback when the Egyptian authorities denied them access over documentation issues.
The logjam continued for days until the Nigerian intelligence network struck a deal with its Egyptian counterpart.
The Nigerians, who were airlifted on Wednesday evening, landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, around 11:30pm.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouk; Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa; and the Director General of the National Management Emergency Agency (NEMA), Ahmed Mustapha, welcomed them back to the country.
The Minister disclosed that each of them would get N100,000 to enable them settle in.
There are at least three million Nigerians in Sudan, according to Dabiri-Erewa, who promised that the Federal Government would rescue as many citizens as possible.
It was gathered that Azman and Max Air planes are currently on their way to Egypt for more evacuation.