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FG Condemns Repatriation Of 30 Nigerian Students From Sudan Over Ebola Suspicion

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Health workers in protective gear leave after carrying
the body of a woman that they suspect died from the
Ebola virus. (Photo Credit: Abbas Dulleh/AP)

NAN – The Federal Government on Monday declared
as “erroneous and unfortunate”, the repatriation of 30
Nigerians by Sudan over suspicion of them being
infected by the Ebola Virus Disease.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Nigerian
government had already protested the ill-treatment of
Nigerians by the country to the Sudanese authority and
was seeking appropriate redress.
Spokesman of the ministry, Mr Ogbole Ode, said that 30
Nigerians were repatriated by the Sudanese authority
Thursday last week.
“The repatriation is erroneous because the World Health
Organisation (WHO), has declared Nigeria Ebola-free
since Oct. 20 after 42-day observation period without
recording any case of Ebola.
“It is unfortunate that Sudan a supposedly friendly
African nation which has cordial relations with Nigeria,
will act this way,” Ode said.
The spokesman said that 26 of the affected Nigerians
were students who had travelled to Nigeria on holidays
and were returning to Khartoun after their holidays in
Nigeria.
According to him, the Nigerians had travelled to
Khartoum via an Ethiopian Airline” but on arrival,
authorities seized their passports, and arranged for
them to return to Nigeria.
He, however, said that following the intervention of the
Nigerian Embassy in Khartoun, 13 of the affected
students, who had not left Khartoun, were allowed
entry.
Ode said that the ministry was committed to the
country’s foreign policy of promoting and protecting the
interests of Nigerians living or traveling abroad.

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