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Nigerians stranded in Sahara Desert as bus drivers evacuating them from Sudan refuse to move until FG pays them (Video)

Nigerian students and others being transported by road out of Sudan are stranded at the Sahara Desert after the drivers stopped the buses in the middle of the desert saying the Nigerian government and other relevant stakeholders had not paid them.

A video making the rounds on social media captures some of the students venting their frustrations after being held in the desert for over five hours by the drivers with no help in sight.

“The Buses evacuating Nigerian students and non-student were stopped in the middle of the Sahara, and the drivers refused to continue the journey because they were not PAID. @abikedabiri @nemanigeria @FMHDSD @nidcom_gov @NigeriaMFA,” Dr Ahmad captioned the video.

A female student could be heard complaining that the drivers insisted that they would not leave the desert unless they were paid.

She said; “Before we started this journey, we had to go on several fightings. Can you even imagine, we are stuck in this desert for five hours. We don’t even know the situation we are. Our money has finished.

“Can you even imagine? The vehicle drivers said they are not moving their buses if they don’t give them money.”

Watch video below:

Meanwhile, the Federal Government earlier said it would be spending $1.2 million to hire 40 luxurious buses to be used for the evacuation of Nigerians trapped in Sudan.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama disclosed this while speaking to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

He said the Nigerian government will evacuate citizens within days despite the 72-hour ceasefire agreement in Sudan.

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