Nursing Mother, 154 Nigerian Football Fans Return From Russia

Some of the 155 Nigerian football fans
Some of the 155 Nigerian football fans

A nursing mother in her mid thirties and 154 Nigerian football fans who were stranded in Russia after the 2018 FIFA World Cup arrived the country on Friday night.

The 155 out of 230 stranded football fans came through Ethiopian Airline flight number ET-ALP that touched down at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja at about 9.12 p.m.

Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who was at the airport to monitor their arrival, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort to ensure their safe return.

Onyeama commended President Buhari who directed immediate repartriation of Nigerians who were stranded in Russia after the 2018 World Cup tournament.

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

One of the returnees, Bamidele Fatai was full of praises to President Buhari for making their journey possible. He also thanked the Nigerian Mission in Moscow for giving them necessary support.

Another returnee said he was swindled by an agent who cancelled his return ticket. He said he was in Moscow to support the Nigerian Football Team and to catch fun only to discover that his ticket had been cancelled when he was ready to return home.