Nigeria says it has evacuated citizens fleeing Ukraine

Nigeria says it has evacuated citizens fleeing Ukraine and they will arrive back into the country Thursday.

Nigeria’s foreign affairs ministry said Monday it had so far documented more than 2,000 nationals who fled Ukraine for neighboring European nations as Russian forces invaded the country last week.

The ministry said 650 Nigerians were received by the embassy in Hungary and another 350 in Poland. It added that 940 others were received in Romania and 150 arrived via Slovakia where they were processed for return back to their country.

“Furtherance to our efforts to evacuate Nigerians from the neighboring countries surrounding Ukraine, we can confirm that chattered flights will depart on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, to pick up Nigerian evacuees back home,” the ministry’s statement said.“We assure Nigerians that we are working round the clock to bring our citizens back home safely,” it added.

Foreigners, including Nigerian and Indian students, had complained of poor treatment and racism at the hands of Ukrainian security forces and border officials as they fled the country.

The reports of racism against African citizens at the Ukrainian border sparked global outrage with African nations on the UN Security Council calling for “the mistreatment of African peoples on Europe’s borders…to cease immediately.” 

Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said Wednesday that Africans and other non-Ukrainians attempting to flee the country should “have equal opportunities to return to their home countries safely.”

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