The ministry of foreign affairs said that 75 people out of 230 stranded Nigerian Football fans absconded in Russia after the 2018 world cup tournament. Dr. Top Elias-Fatile, the ministry’s spokesperson said on Wednesday that the fans ran away despite the federal government effort to repatriate them
Fatile said that 230 stranded Nigerian football fans were profiled to board 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 unfavorable 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. He said that if, however, they repented and decided to come back, the ministry was ever ready to assist them. Onyeama said that the plan to probe the issue surrounding the incident was underway