Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Hundreds of Nigerians evacuated from troubled CAR

08 January 2014, 08:01Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Defence Ministry said it had evacuated more than 800 Nigerians that were under threat from the political turmoil in the crisis-ridden Central African Republic.

This is half the number of locals that had sought refuge in the embassy in Bangui, the capital of the Central African country.

Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, said the Ministry deployed a Nigerian Air Force Charlie 130 aircraft with compact medical and welfare personnel to ensure effective evacuation of the distressed Nigerian citizens.

“Apart from the C130 aircraft provided by the Defence Headquarters the Federal Government has also arranged several chattered flights to bring home the over 1 620 Nigerians who were sheltered at the Nigerian Embassy in Bangui. About 831 Nigerians comprising men, women and children have already been airlifted home safely since the commencement of the exercise on January 3, while the medical team from the Defence Headquarters has been on ground to offer medical assistance to the sick and the injured,” he said.

He added that Nigerian Embassy officials have expressed optimism that with the Defence Headquarters intervention and the two other planes chartered by the Federal Government, the evacuation exercise will soon be completed.

The Chief of Defence Staff has assured that the NAF C130 aircraft would continue the evacuation exercise until the last displaced Nigerian citizen in the Central African Republic is brought home safely.

He commended the French forces, who he said are securing the Bangui International Airport for cooperating with the Defence Headquarters team and facilitating the successful evacuation of Nigerians.

The Central Africa Republic conflict started in December 2012 between government forces and rebel groups.

– CAJ News


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...