One of the buses deployed to evacuate Nigerians stranded in the crossfire of the war in Sudan developed a fault and caught fire on Monday.
We understand that twenty-six buses were involved in the movement of the stranded Nigerians from Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, to Port Sudan but one of the buses caught fire in the process.
There were 50 Nigerians in the bus marked Katsina 1 when it developed a fault and later caught fire but all of them escaped unhurt.
Following the incident, 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.
One of 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.
“Dr Hashim Idris Na’Allah, the chairman of the Nigerian Elders’ Forum in Sudan, was one of the passengers in the said bus, which contained a total of 50 students (49 males, 1 female).
The incident happened around 2:30am Sudan time.
“The driver stopped the bus near an RSF checkpoint, just before the tire exploded causing a fire to start.
“All the passengers escaped unhurt.
“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.
The students said the RSF really did their possible best to help the passengers and offered them with cups of tea in the morning before they left,” Sani Aliyu who is in Sudan disclosed as quoted by Daily Trust.
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