The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Wednesday disclosed to the State House correspondents that the Federal Government has spent $1.2m to deploy 40 buses to evacuate at least 2,400 stranded Nigerians out of Sudan.
He revealed this shortly after this week’s Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Council Chambers of Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
Voiceofnaija.ng reports that least 40 buses were sent to move Nigerians out of Khartoum and other troubled parts of Sudan early Wednesday.
Onyeama said the high cost of the evacuation was to provide security cover for the eight-hour journey from Luxol to Cairo and the eleven-hour trip from Aswan to Cairo, Egypt.
Although the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces agreed to halt hostilities at midnight Monday, local media reports that fighting had resumed even as a hospital was shelled on Wednesday.
While noting that no Nigerian lost their lives in the conflict, Onyeama said there were no talks about alternative plans for continued education for the evacuees, most of whom are students of the University of Khartoum.