At least 155 out of 230 Nigerians, including a nursing mother, stranded in Russia after the 2018 FIFA World Cup, have returned to the country.

An Ethiopian Airline flight number ET-ALP conveying the Nigerian citizens arrived, Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja at about 9.12 pm on Friday, July 20.

There are still 75 more stranded Nigerians in Russia.

Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari had directed that all stranded Nigerians be returned home immediately.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, who was at the airport to monitor their arrival, explained that the 155 stranded Nigerians had been cleared to board an Ethiopian Airline flight to Abuja.

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Onyeama said he had been working very closely with the Minister of State for Aviation following President Buhari’s directive on the exercise.

He recalled that some Nigerian football fans who were stranded had besieged the Embassy of Nigeria in Moscow on July 12.

“They were among the fans who travelled to the Russian Federation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Tournament and were stranded after the events due to lack of funds for their upkeep.”

The minister explained that there was also an allegation that some airline travel agents cancelled return tickets of their customers without informing them.

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