Ukraine war: Third batch of Nigerians from Hungary arrives Abuja


Third batch of Nigerian evacuees from Budapest, in Hungary arrived at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja, Friday night, at about 11:50 pm.

First batch of evacuees from Ukraine arriving in Abuja earlier Friday at the Abuja airport

Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) confirmed the development through its Chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, via the Commission’s Twitter handle @nidcom_gov.

The third batch fled to Hungary when the Ukraine war escalated before they were evacuated by the Nigerian Government.

The first batch of Nigerians from Romania arrived in Abuja at 7.10 am on Friday morning, March 4, 2022, while the second batch from Poland arrived at 6:35 pm on Friday evening.

Earlier, the second batch of 181 Nigerian evacuees from Poland arrived via Air Peace flight at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at 6:35 pm on Friday evening, March 4, 2022.

The evacuation exercise follows the attack by Russia on Ukraine which has left scores of people killed and many displaced.

Over 5,000 Nigerians, the majority of whom are students studying in Ukraine have been caught up in the conflict.

Many of them have reportedly fled to neighbouring countries to Ukraine including Hungary, Poland and Romania.

Earlier Friday, the first batch of Nigerian evacuees, numbering 415 arrived in the country from Romania, aboard Max Air.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, quoted his principal as making this assertion on Thursday in Nairobi, Kenya at a Townhall Meeting with some Nigerians in the country.

“On our part as a Government, we shall continue to defend the interests of all Nigerians wherever they may be. We have demonstrated this over time, as we have had cause to evacuate our citizens in harm’s way abroad.

“We did it in Libya, South Africa and we have just commenced doing the same in Ukraine, where thousands of our citizens, especially students, are trapped by the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine,” President Muhammadu Buhari stated.

As part of the support for the evacuation process, the President had earlier in the week approved $8.5 million to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Humanitarian, Disaster Management, and Social Development.