A bus evacuating stranded Nigerians from Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, caught fire in the early hours of Monday.
The buses conveying some 50 Nigerian students from Sudan with a tag number (Katsina 1) heading to Port Sudan as part of the second batch of FGN evacuation got damaged due to excessive heat from one of the vehicle’s tyres.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Elsers’ Forum in SUDAN, Dr Hashim Idris Na’Allah, was one of the passengers in the said bus, which had 49 males and 1 female on board.
Report has it that the driver stopped the bus near an RSF checkpoint, just before the tire exploded causing a fire to start.
Forty out of the 50 passengers were later distributed to the other buses evacuating the students, while the remaining passengers spent the night where the incident happened alongside the driver at the RSF checkpoint.
According to the students, the RSF really did their possible best to help the passengers and offered them with cups of tea in the morning before they left.
Over 1,000 Nigerians are being evacuated through the Port Sudan route following the difficulties faced in getting the first batch of evacuees across the Egypt borders.
The stranded Nigerians have spent five days at the borders as the Egyptian officials denied them access into the country where flights are already waiting to airlift them to Nigeria