The Federal Government has evacuated a total of 1,424 Nigerians who took refuge at the Nigerian Embassy in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR).
The evacuation became necessary following the political crisis that engulfed the country.
The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Alhaji Mohammad Sani-Sidi said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
He said that although the Federal Government had brought all the Nigerians who took refuge at its embassy in Bangui home the evacuation would resume if more Nigerians appeared.
Sani-Sidi said all the evacuees were interviewed and confirmed to be Nigerians before they were evacuated.
NAN reports that Sani-Sidi received the last batch of 147 evacuees on Sunday night in Abuja.
The first batch of 365 evacuees arrived at the Nnamdi Arzikiwe International Airport Abuja on Jan. 3.
Two batches of 748 and 311 Nigerians were evacuated on Jan 4 and Jan. 5 respectively, bringing the total number of returnees to 1,424.
A screening conducted at the Nigerian embassy in Bangui before the evacuation showed that the evacuees are from 22 states.
They included Bauchi, Edo, Jigawa, Kebbi, Borno, Ekiti, and Anambra, Zamfara, FCT, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Abia, Enugu, Kano, Imo and Kaduna states.
NEMA’s Deputy Director, Search and Rescue, Vincent Owan said Benue, Anambra, Delta, Abia, Edo and Bauchi states had collected their indigenes from the Hajj Camp where they were being accommodated.