FG facilitates return of 230 Nigerians stranded in Russia

Several desperate Nigerians had besieged the country’s embassy in Russia, seeking help in returning home.

About 230 Nigerians stranded in Russia after the World Cup are expected to arrive Nigeria today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has revealed.

The Ministry’s spokesperson, Dr Tope Elias-Fatile, said in a statement in Abuja on Thursday that the stranded footfall fans have been cleared to board an Ethiopian Airline flight to Abuja.

“As of the last count, over 230 stranded Nigerians had been cleared to board an Ethiopian Airline flight to Abuja.

”The aircraft would depart Domodedovo Airport in Moscow with the stranded Nigerians at 08.30 hours  Friday,  July, 20th and arrive Abuja at 16.00 hours same day,” he said.

Several desperate Nigerians had besieged the country’s embassy in Russia, seeking help in returning home.

Some of them claimed they were scammed by travel agents who cancelled their return tickets without their knowledge.

“The Mission submitted a formal complaint to host authorities against the airlines that brought the stranded Nigerians to the Russian Federation,” Elias-Fatile said.

”The Mission also made arrangements for the feeding and accommodation of the stranded Nigerians in hostels around Moscow.”

He said President Buhari had on July 16 directed the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Aviation to evacuate the Nigerians to Abuja immediately.

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