The first batch of Nigerian nationals evacuated from the conflict in Ukraine arrived on Friday morning in the capital, Abuja.
The group consists of 451 students according to the chairman of Nigeria’s parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, Yusuf Buba, who accompanied them from Romania’s capital, Bucharest.
Nigeria is expected to evacuate 5,000 citizens who are fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.
Many have crossed over to the neighbouring countries of Romania, Poland and Hungary.
The repatriation exercise was meant to start on Wednesday but was delayed because of logistics challenges.
First Batch of Nigerians from #Ukraine arrive Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja from Romania at 7:10 am.@NigeriaGov @abikedabiri @toluogunlesi #NigeriansInUkraine #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/ieLxnrLvKR
— Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (@nidcom_gov) March 4, 2022
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission tweeted photos of the students’ arrival at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport.