According to the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), the first batch of Nigerian evacuees arrived the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja from Bucharest, Romania at 7:10 am on Friday, 4th of March 2022.
Nigerian authorities have previously requested the services of indigenous airlines Air Peace and Max Air to transport Nigerians from countries bordering Ukraine.
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Likewise, the Ukrainian Government has announced that it has approved the humanitarian corridor and authorized the evacuation of Nigerian students from Sumy, Northeast Ukraine, the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and cities like Kharkiv, and Mariupol as evacuation is expected to begin today.
According to the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of the over 5,600 Nigerians in Ukraine, 4000 are students. While some have successfully made their way to Ukraine’s neighboring countries, Poland and Hungary, many are still stuck in Ukraine with inadequate supplies and no hope of getting to the borders without government intervention.