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JAPAA: 75 stranded Nigerian World Cup fans absconded in Russia.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says 75 out of 230 stranded Nigerian Football fans absconded in Russia after the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The ministry’s spokesperson, Dr. Tope Elias-Fatile, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja that the fans absconded despite government’s efforts to repatriate them.

Fatile said that 230 stranded Nigerian football fans were profiled to board chartered Ethiopian Airline to Abuja but at the last minute, only 155 boarded the flight.

As at the last count, over 230 stranded Nigerians had been cleared to board an Ethiopian Airline flight to Abuja; however, only 155 boarded the flight that arrived Friday night of July 22,” he said.

He said that the ministry officials had to contribute to feed some of the stranded Nigerians in Moscow as many of them were left with nothing.

He said that though they had the rights not to come back but it would be better for them to return because of the unfavourable weather in that country.

He said that the mission had done a lot to facilitate their coming back but they did not appreciate it. ”

Do you know that the officials at mission have to sacrifice their earning by contributing money to feed the stranded fans,” he said adding that if however, they repented and decided to come back, the ministry was ever ready to assist them.

Fatile said that Federal Government was ever willing to assist Nigerians at any time, anywhere in the world The spokesperson said that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, had also made some contacts with relevant agencies to commence an investigation into suspected human trafficking in the case.

 

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