One of out of the 26 buses that are evacuating Nigerian nationals from Sudan due to the ongoing conflict in the Northeast African country was said to have caught fire on its way out of the country.
According to the Nigerians Elders’ Forum, Hashim Na’Allah In Sudan, who spoke to PUNCH, the affected bus was conveying 50 students before the incident happened but there were no casualties nor persons injured.
He said “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.
“The incident happened around 2:30 am Sudan time with 50 students in the bus. 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 best to help the passengers and offered them cups of tea in the morning before they left,” he added.