The federal government declared Friday night that a road evacuation of Nigerians from the war-torn Sudan was the only practical option.
Recall that since the situation began in Sudan two weeks ago, Nigerians living there, including more than 5,500 students, have been pleading with the government to send them home. Nigerian students in Sudan were urged by the government to ignore National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) plans to evacuate them to Ethiopia and to stay inside and avoid traveling to the frontiers. Without authorization, crossing Sudan’s borders is risky, claims Garko.
The Federal Government said weekend that all airports and land borders in Sudan were closed as the emergency situation in the country was very complex with ongoing fighting between warring factions.
It, however, stated through the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, that a search and rescue committee had been established to come up with the safest way of evacuating Nigerians stranded in the troubled nation.