The Federal Government refuted allegations that the Nigerian Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, refused to arrange for the evacuation of Igbo citizens there.
In a widely shared video, a Nigerian claimed that Igbos were asked to leave the flight so that Nigerians of other ethnicities could board the aircraft for evacuation.
Francisca Omayuli, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesperson, asserted that the allegation had been investigated and found to be untrue.
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Igbos were among the first group of the 637 Nigerians who were evacuated to the Aswan Border in Egypt, according to Omayuli, who urged the general public to disregard the allegation.
She said that they are now waiting for their eventual arrival back in Nigeria.
Omayuli noted that although there were scuffles between the students and other Nigerian residents due to the limited number of buses, the issue had been resolved.
“More buses were made available to accommodate every Nigerian national in Sudan who indicated interest to be evacuated.
“It is, therefore, surprising that such a misleading allegation could be leveled against officials of the Embassy who had worked tirelessly on the evacuation exercise,” she added.