FG: 1,519 Nigerian Students Depart Khartoum for Port Sudan in Sudan
Around 1,519 stranded Nigerians in Sudan are scheduled to depart from Khartoum to Port Sudan and other border points for their evacuation to Nigeria via hired buses, according to the Federal Government. The move comes after the Sudanese Armed Forces and Para-military Rapid Support Forces agreed to extend the ceasefire agreement by another 72 hours. The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Dr Sani Gwarzo, confirmed the development while briefing journalists on Sunday in Abuja. He said that 31 buses had already been secured, with additional reserve buses available in case of unforeseen circumstances. Each bus is expected to carry 49 people. Gwarzo also clarified the controversy over the $1.2m used to hire buses for the evacuation, stating that it was the cost to hire 40 buses to transport stranded Nigerians from Khartoum to the border, with each bus costing $30,000.