Sudan Crisis: Nigerian government advised Nigerian students to stay indoors

The Federal Republic of Nigeria has urged Nigerian students in Sudan to remain indoors until the government makes safe arrangements for their evacuation from the troubled country.

In a statement released by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Khartoum and signed by H.Y Garko for Charge D’ Affairs, the embassy advised the students to ignore the notice from the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Sudan, which instructed them to converge at the African International University, NANSS office, and El-Razi University for evacuation, or to bring $100 or $200 for evacuation.

The FG emphasized that it is still unsafe to embark on a journey towards the borders of Sudan without security clearance and a guarantee from the Sudanese authorities. The embassy reassured the Nigerian students that their safety and well-being are of utmost concern and that they should remain calm while the embassy finalizes approval to commence evacuation.

Due to the fighting between forces loyal to Sudan’s army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who commands the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), approximately 4000 Nigerians are trapped. The situation is dire, with hundreds killed since the fight broke out between the forces of the two rival generals in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.

Some Nigerian students who spoke with Daily Trust stated that they were surrounded by criminals and that the situation was worsening. European countries and the US are already making efforts to evacuate their nationals in Sudan after the military announced a window.

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