The fifth batch (eighth flight) of 132 stranded Nigerian citizens evacuated by the Federal Government through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the on-going evacuation from the internal conflict in Sudan arrived Nnamdi Arzikiwe International Airport today at 9:15am. They comprised of men, women and children, including infants. Of a particular note among them is a 3 weeks old baby.
They were airlifted via Tarco Aviation from Port Sudan and were received at Hajj Terminal of the Abuja Airport on behalf of the Federal Government by a team of senior Civil Servants led by the Director Special Duties NEMA Dr Onimode Abdullahi Bandele. Also present were the Head of Consular and Migration Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, NCFRMI, NiDCOM, NAPTIP
After clearance by the Nigerian Immigration Service, the returnees were served with meals and given tokens to assist them travel to their various locations. A philanthropic organization, Dangote Foundation distributed to the returned token worth N100,000 for cashing at bank and dignity kits for each of them. Furthermore, telecom giant, MTN gifted each of them with sim cards with N25,000 worth airtime and 2GB data.
Also today at the reception, the returnees sang the Nigerian National Anthem as they were excited over the Federal Government’s concerns and successful airlifting of them back home to safety in dignity.
8th May 2023