“To God be the glory, Max Air Evacuation flight VM602 from Bucharest touched down in Abuja.”
An official said that a Max Air evacuation flight arrived in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, in the early hours of Friday from Bucharest, Romania.
That was the Tweet from Abike Dabiri, chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), confirming the safe arrival of stranded Nigerians from war-torn Ukraine.
The Max Air flight is part of the Nigerian government evacuation plan for its citizens that were stuck in Ukraine following its invasion by Russia.
According to NIDCOM, the flight landed Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport at 7:10 am.
The Nigerian government commissioned two local airlines – Max Air and Air Peace – to evacuate citizens from neighbouring countries to Ukraine after many stranded Nigerians revealed that they were denied entry into Poland because of their skin colour or nationality.
Nigeria’s foreign minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, had on 28 February explained that plans were in place to evacuate Nigerians.
“Also, officials at Budapest, Hungary have received and accommodated 74 Nigerians safely, where they are being documented for subsequent travel arrangements back to Nigeria,” the statement, signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda, read.
According to him, another batch of about 200 Nigerians is expected in Budapest later in the day. He also said 52 persons had been received in Warsaw, Poland. Of the number, 23 are being processed at the Polish Government Reception Point at Hala Kijowska.