Nigerian students who are stuck in the Republic of Sudan claim that the Federal Government has shattered their hopes of an early evacuation from the scene of a fierce military battle.
Over 400 people have died and nearly 3,500 have been wounded in the confrontation between the Sudanese security forces and the paramilitary organization Rapid Support Force.
The violence, which began on April 8 and entered its 14th day on Saturday, has forced hundreds of citizens to flee the capital Khartoum.
The RSF paramilitary group and the Sudanese Armed Forces, both commanded by General Mohamed Dagalo, were once partners.
They collaborated in the popular movement in 2019 that ousted Sudan’s cruel tyrant Omar al-Bashir, who governed the nation for three decades.
The Federal Government highlighted on Friday how it was challenging to remove trapped Nigerian people from the country due to the severe situation in Sudan.
Although the Nigerian Mission in Sudan and the National Emergency Management Agency had put plans in place to evacuate the people, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, said it was impossible for any flight at this time of conflict.
The Nigerian Mission in Sudan and the National Emergency Management Agency have put plans in place to evacuate Nigerian students and other Nigerian citizens who are stranded in Sudan, but the tense situation makes it gravely risky and impossible for any flights at this point in time, according to a statement signed by Gabriel Odu of the Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, NIDCOM.