807 Nigerians fleeing Russian bombs evacuated

Nigeria has evacuated 807 of its citizens from war-raged Ukraine as at Saturday.

The evacuees arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja in three flights.

The first batch of 450 Nigerians stranded in Ukraine arrived aboard Max Air flight 747 at 7:10 a.m., on Friday through Romania.

The second batch came aboard Air Peace Boeing 777-300 flight (APK7534) and arrived in Abuja with 183 passengers including kids through Warsaw.

The third batch of 174 evacuees arrived at 11:50 p.m. on Friday through Hungary.

Report says many Nigerians and other nationals have fled Ukraine to neighbouring countries since Russia invaded its neighbour on February 24.

The federal government approved the release of $8.5 million on Wednesday for the immediate evacuation of at least 5,000 Nigerians fleeing the Russia-Ukraine war to Poland, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia.

On February 28, Nigeria said its diplomatic mission had received 256 of its citizens from Ukraine at Bucharest, Hungary, Poland and Romania following the invasion.

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has been at the forefront of the evacuation.


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