Sudan: Stranded Nigerians frustrated as Embassy delays movement

Stranded Nigerians have expressed their frustration as the Nigerian Embassy in Sudan continue to delay their movement from Khartoum to Cairo in Egypt.

News reports that the Federal Government said it was making preparations to evacuate about 5,500 stranded Nigerians out of Sudan through the Egyptian town of Luxor, adding that it was seeking Egypt’s support so that the stranded Nigerians could be moved to Luxor.

However, in a letter dated 23 April 2023, signed by the Charge D’ Affairs, Haruna Garko, and sighted by our correspondent on Monday, the Embassy of Nigeria, Sudan made a request for buses to convey students from Khartoum to Cairo on Tuesday at 6 am.

The letter read “I am directed to request the services of your 200-seater buses to convey 3500 Nigerian students from Khartoum to Cairo Egypt on 25 April 2023, at 6 am in the morning.”

It was also reported that trapped Nigerian students were yet to leave Khartoum in the morning.

In a video sent to our correspondent on Tuesday evening, people were seen with their luggage in a big environment (International University of Africa) and a man was heard shouting “If e reach 5 pm, all of us go leave our wives and children here and go meet them at the Embassy. We came here legally. Tomorrow, I will be two weeks in Sudan. Look at my visa.

“Why is the Embassy using us to play?”