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FG On Stand-By To Evacuate Nigerians From Ukraine

Following the heightening tension between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea, the federal government has said measures are already in place to evacuate Nigerians in those regions if the need arises.

About 7,000 Nigerians are resident across Ukraine with at least 5,000 of them studying in tertiary institutions across the country, while about 170 Nigerians are also studying in Crimea, the center of the uproar.

Professor Viola Onwuliri, Supervising Minister of Foreign Affairs, spaeking in Abuja on Tuesday night, said the ministry had been in constant communication with its mission in Kievthe country’s capital, since the crises started.

“We are following up; we are in touch with our ambassador (Ambassador Frank Isoh) in Kiev. I have been speaking with him daily; we are watching the situation and getting ready for eventual or possible additional action. The embassy and our ambassador are in touch with our nationals across Ukraine.

If the situation demands, we may have to evacuate, but for now, from the reports we are getting from our embassy, it has not gotten to that situation,” she added.

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