The Air Peace flight carrying over 270 Nigerian students from the Aswan Airport in Egypt has landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
After over a week of assurances by the Federal Government, the Nigerian evacuees were finally airlifted home, escaping the deadly conflict in Sudan.
Since April 15, Sudan has been plunged into armed conflict with clashes between rival factions of the North African nation’s military government breaking out in western Sudan, in the capital city of Khartoum, and in the Darfur region.
For nearly two weeks, the Nigerian government assured concerned citizens of evacuation plans, ultimately facilitating buses to convey Nigerians out of Sudan with a Nigerian Air Force plane deployed for the operation.
The evacuees arrived at the airport in the midst of heavy security presence, including mostly wingmen of the Nigerian Air Force.
Earlier reports from Air Peace twitter handle
Evacuation update: Our wide-body Boeing 777 with Registration Number 5N-BVE took off from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at 15:10hrs today to Egypt to airlift stranded Nigerians consequent upon the ongoing crisis in Sudan. Beyond commercial operations, we’re sensitive and responsive to societal issues and will continue to engage in humanitarian interventions as led by our Chairman, Barr. Allen Onyema. We also thank the Federal Government for their role in making this evacuation possible. Let’s wish our fellow countrymen a safe flight back to their fatherland.
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