Sudan crisis: Ethiopia blocks fleeing Nigerians

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On Monday, some Nigerian students were trying to flee from Sudan into Ethiopia. They were denied entry. However, the federal government confirms that the situation is being handled.


Nigerian authorities in Ethiopia were on the matter. The federal government says that it was risky for the students to have embarked on such a journey.


Further, United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said on Tuesday that Sudan’s warring generals had agreed to a three-day ceasefire starting Tuesday (2200 GMT Monday). This was after previous bids to pause the conflict quickly disintegrated.


In the past 48 hours, the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces have come to an agreement. They will implement a nationwide ceasefire starting at midnight on April 24, to last for 72 hours. Blinken affirmed this in a statement two hours before the truce was to go into effect. During this period, the SAF and RSF are required to adhere to the ceasefire.


Equally important, Blinken said the United States was also working with partners. They would set up a committee that would negotiate a permanent ceasefire in Sudan.


The Nigerian Ambassador in Egypt, Nura Rimi has said that self-evacuation is at the risk of the person that is involved.

So, he appeals to Nigerians to wait for further instruction from the Federal Government, especially the ambassador that is with them in Sudan.


Lastly, it has been agreed upon that trapped Nigerian students would leave Khartoum, Sudan capital, on Tuesday morning, for Cairo, Egypt, by road. The journey from Khartoum to Cairo by road would take about 28 hours 27 minutes.


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