A Nigerian student stranded in Sudan has claimed that he and his fellow students are being encircled by criminals.
Fighting between soldiers loyal to Sudan’s army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who commands the paramilitary Rapid Support soldiers (RSF), has trapped approximately 4000 Nigerians.
Hundreds of people have been slain when a clash between the soldiers of two competing generals erupted in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital.
Fauziyya Idris Safiyo, a Nigerian student who managed to evacuate Khartoum to the Sudan-Ethiopian border town of Gallabat, claimed the situation is out of control.
“We could hear gunshots and bomb explosions coming from all directions.” Jet fighters are also launching shells. There is no food, no water, and no medicine. We were unable to travel anywhere. We’ve run out of funds. And there’s a wave of criminals everywhere,” she explained.
According to her, numerous countries have begun to evacuate their citizens, but there is no mention of Nigerians being evacuated from the East African country.
“There are only Nigerians left, and there are many women among us.” Some nearby countries, such as Ethiopia, do not allow Nigerians to visit without a visa,” she added.
Speaking about their challenging position, Muhammad Nura Bello, President of Nigerian Students of Sudan International University, stated that there is total blackout and that even Sudanese are fleeing.
“Most of the students are very worried because some have run out of food, and you can see even the nationals fleeing,” she claimed.
The Nigerian government is making efforts to evacuate Nigerians in Sudan.
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