FG warns against recruitment of Nigerians to fight in Ukraine

Written by on March 8, 2022

The warning is sequel to recent reports that over 100 Nigerians have signified interest at the Ukrainian Embassy, Abuja, to be enlisted as volunteers to strengthen the Ukraine forces.

The Ukrainian Embassy was also reported to have told the would-be fighters to provide $1,000 for ticket and visa, even as it assured them of the same emoluments as Ukrainian soldiers.

But the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement by Francisca Omayuli said the attention of the government was drawn to an alleged ongoing registration of Nigerian volunteers into the fighting force of Ukraine at the Ukrainian Embassy in Abuja.

The government also said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs contacted the embassy to verify the speculation and the Ukrainian embassy refuted the allegation, but confirmed that a number of Nigerians had approached the embassy and indicated their willingness to fight on the side of Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia.

The Federal Government said it would continue to engage with the embassy of Ukraine in Nigeria and other relevant authorities to prevent the possibility of the recruitment.

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