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The Federal Government has said measures are ongoing to evacuate citizens stranded in war-hit Ukraine through the Nigerian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.
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Following the crisis in Eastern Europe as Russia and Ukraine exchange military fire, an estimated 5,000 Nigerians living in war-torn Ukraine have called out on the federal government to evacuate them. Despite the early warning signs of Russia’s imminent attack, the federal government did not take decisive steps in responding to their calls. It was a public outcry before the government released a communique that read that Nigerians were responsible for their security. This as well did not go down well with the public. Several Nigerians in Ukraine have taken to social media to narrate their ordeal, which was that after trekking for four hours to Poland’s border, they were refused entry.  In response to their stranded situation, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement titled, ‘Public Notice From The Nigerian Embassy In Poland,’ on Saturday. The statement read: “In light of the happenings in Ukraine, please be advised that all Nigerians crossing over to Poland would have a staff of the Nigerian Embassy waiting for them.
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“The Federal Government is making necessary arrangements for the evacuation of those stranded in Ukraine through the Embassy in Warsaw, Poland. Please present this as your destination address with the Border Control: 02-953, Kosiarzy 22B, 02-956 Warsaw.” The announcement stated that Nigerian Embassy personnel, along with volunteers, will be at the Polish-Ukrainian borders with buses and vans to pick up Nigerians from the crossing border points and locations listed in the document. Below are the hotlines for stranded Nigerians attempting to reach Poland: Hrebenne-Rawa Ruska Szkoła Podstawowa w Lubyczy Królewskiej (zaplecze hali sportowej) ul. Jana III Sobieskiego 5, 22-680 Lubycza Królewska Phone: +48-729275316
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Korczowa-Krakowiec Świetlica, Korczowa 155, 37-552 Korczowa Phone:+48-579201775
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Medyka-Szeginie Hala Sportowa – Medyka 285, 37-732 Media Phone:+48-729242516
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Budomierz-Hurszew Szkoła Podstawowa w m. Krowica Sama 183, 37-625 Krowica Sama Phone: +48-739493541 Featured image source: Leadership News
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This article was first published on 28th February 2022

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Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.


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