Nigerian students stranded in Ukraine stage protest, beg FG for help

Russia-Ukraine War: Video Shows Stranded Nigerian Students Crying for Help, FG Reacts, No fewer than 300 Nigerian students are reportedly stuck in Sumy, a city in North-Eastern Ukraine.

Samuel Otunla, a Veterinary Medicine master’s student at Sumy National Agrarian University, spoke with Premium Times, noting that it has been an uncomfortable experience. According to him, March 3 was one of the most terrifying days.

Narrating his experience, he stated:

“Once we got the safety warning and arrived in the basement, we heard one of the loudest explosions and in a few minutes, the electricity went off – not just in our area but all over the city. Water was also off. Though it was restored 17 hours later, it was an uncomfortable experience.”

Let us go home, Nigerian students in Sumy protest

In a separate report by The Cable, students stranded in Sumy State University (SumDU), Ukraine, are said to have appealed for an immediate evacuation.

Several students are reportedly still trapped in the school, as they have been unable to leave the city.

In a viral video posted online, the students were heard chanting “let us go home. We want to go home”.

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Route out of Sumy blocked

It was learnt that the access route out of the city had been blocked, thereby preventing them from leaving.

One of the students alleged:

“For the past two weeks that this war has started, apparently, there has been a route to leave Sumy but the school has refused to provide us with buses, transportation to leave this place.”

FG working on evacuating students

Reacting to the plight of the students in Sumy, Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s minister of foreign affairs, said the country’s ambassador to Ukraine, Shina Alege, is following up with the Ukrainian authorities.

He said Dmytro Kuleba, minister of foreign affairs of Ukraine, has given the procedure to follow in respect of the evacuation of the Nigerian students.

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