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FG Vows To Stop Nigerians Planning To Join Ukrainian Army To Fight Russia

FG Vows To Stop Nigerians Planning To Join Ukrainian Army To

The Federal Government of Nigeria has vowed to stop Nigerians who were reportedly being recruited into the Ukrainian Army as volunteers to fight against Russia.

There has been reports that over 200 Nigerian applicants at the Ukrainian Embassy in Abuja were allegedly requested to pay $1,000 for visa and ticket to travel.

This was disclosed by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Francisca Omayuli on Monday in Abuja.

The statement read that “The attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria has been drawn to an alleged ongoing registration of Nigerian volunteers into the fighting force of Ukraine at the Ukrainian Embassy in Abuja.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs contacted the Embassy to verify the speculation. The Ukrainian Embassy refuted the allegation but confirmed that several Nigerians had approached the Embassy indicating their willingness to fight on the side of Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia.

“Furthermore, the Embassy clarified that the Ukrainian government is not admitting foreign volunteer fighters and as such dissociated itself from the claim that it is requesting $1,000 from each Nigerian volunteer for air ticket and visa.”

The statement said further that, “as a responsible member of the international community and consistent with our obligations under international law, Nigeria discourages the use of mercenaries anywhere in the world and will not tolerate the recruitment, in Nigeria, of Nigerians as mercenaries to fight in Ukraine or anywhere else in the world.

“The Federal Government will continue to engage with the Embassy of Ukraine in Nigeria and other relevant authorities to prevent this possibility.”

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