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Egypt orders over 500 Nigerian students back to Sudan over missing passports



The failure of two Nigerian students to carry their passports or emergency travel certificate has angered Egyptian authorities, who have sent over 500 Nigerian students back to Sudan.

Quoting a Nigerian official who spoke in a voice note, The Punch reports that students without passports or ETC had been instructed to stay back.

The official was further quoted to have said that two students without any of the documents were impatient and joined their colleagues, adding that the Egyptian authorities were angry and ordered that all the students should be taken back to Sudan to get the needed permits.

The voice note said: “Our children have spoiled the efforts that the Federal Government is putting in place to airlift them. All the students that have passports were allowed to move to the Egypt airport and those that do not have were asked to wait behind and an ETC will be issued to them as a formal document for them to travel. Out of impatience, two students without passports or ETC sneaked in.

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“Now, the two students were discovered at the Aswan airport and the Egyptian authorities are angry. Now, all the stranded Nigerians have to go back to Sudan. They conveyed over 500 Nigerians and everyone will go back to Sudan. They will have to get an exit permit and then get another permit back to Egypt. This will cause a delay of almost 10 hours.”

Speaking further, the official said: “Also, in the midst of the confusion, a child sneaked into Egypt. We cannot find him. Legal actions would be taken against the two students”, warning students at Port Sudan to behave in a coordinated manner to avoid being returned back to Khartoum.

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