Buses ferrying the stranded Nigerians

How security used Egyptian contacts to evacuate Nigerians from Sudan


Nigeria has now evacuated its citizens from Sudan.


This followed difficulties faced by Nigerian officials at the Egyptian borders.

Reports indicate that Egyptian authorities had demanded visas before allowing entry, leaving thousands of Nigerian evacuees stranded at the border since last Thursday.

However, the situation improved on Sunday when the borders were opened, with conditions, to Nigerians, following efforts by top security and intelligence operatives in both countries.

According to security sources, the Nigerian security and intelligence community deployed their contacts and connections with their Egyptian counterparts, which helped remove some of the hurdles that had frustrated Nigerian representatives’ efforts.

A source in the Nigerian security community, who spoke under condition of anonymity, stated that President Muhammadu Buhari had instructed the national security adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno, to reach out to his Egyptian counterpart, Faiza Abou el-Naga.

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