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Ukraine Crisis latest: Romania receives fleeing Nigerians

The Nigerian Ambassador to Romania says so far about 200 Nigerians – many of them students – have arrived in the capital Bucharest from Ukraine.

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According to BBC, the group had been “well-received”, and were staying in hotels after fleeing from Ukraine.

The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday however put the number of Nigerians that have been received by the country’s embassy in Romania at 130.

In a statement, the ministry explained that it has also provided accommodation for them while arrangements are being made to take them back home..

“Also, officials at Budapest, Hungary have received and accommodated 74 Nigerians safely, where they are being documented for subsequent travel arrangements back to Nigeria,” the statement, signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda, read.

According to him, another batch of about 200 Nigerians is expected in Budapest later in the day. He also said 52 persons have been received in Warsaw, Poland. Of the number, 23 are being processed at the Polish Government Reception Point at Hala Kijowska.

“The camp is well organised with beds and beddings, food, heating, clothing, and medicals for evacuees,” the statement added.

“We assure Nigerians that all hands are on deck and arrangements are being put in place to effectively evacuate our citizens, in safety and dignity.” 

As a result of  a number of complaints of racism at the Ukraine – Polish Border, the ministry of foreign affairs advised Nigerians leaving Ukraine to try to cross through the Hungarian and Romanian borders following difficulties at the Poland border.

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Geofrey Onyeama, Nigerian foreign affairs minister said he had spoken with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba about the issue and he was assured that Ukrainian border guards had been given orders to allow all foreigners leaving Ukraine to pass without restrictions.

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