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Nigerian Government welcomes back 29 stranded Nigerians from Sudan

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In a joint effort, the Federal Government, alongside the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has successfully assisted in the repatriation of 29 out of the 120 Nigerian citizens who were stranded in Sudan.

At the reception of the returnees in Abuja, Alhaji Tijani Ahmed, the Federal Commissioner of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), made this announcement on Thursday.

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Ahmed clarified that the 29 Nigerian emigrants, consisting of 18 females (including five minors), five adult males, and two minors, chose to return voluntarily due to the ongoing crisis in Sudan.

He also said that about nine voluntary returnees would be airlifted from Sudan in the next one week.

“We are here at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to receive the returnees from Sudan. We want to ensure that our people returned safely and in dignity.

“The National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons in collaboration with the IOM are doing everything possible to ensure that this 120 were returned to the country,” he said.

Ahmed said the Commission was also making arrangement to ensure the safe return of about 17 Nigerians in Algeria, eight in Tunisia and some other ones in other countries in the next few weeks.

He added that the Commission with IOM had facilitated the return of about 1, 950 Nigerians between January and May.

“Also in 2003, the Commission and partners returned over 7, 000 Nigerians from various countries back to the country,” Ahmed added. .

He, therefore, appreciated IOM and other partners for their supports, both financially and morally towards ensuring that Nigerians, who live far away in many countries were returned safely and in dignity.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the returnees were profiled and given some kits including refreshments.

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