75 out of the 230 stranded Nigerian football fans vanished into the thin air in Russia after the recently concluded FIFA World Cup tournament.
This was revealed by the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tope Fatile-Elias while he was addressing reporters in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to him, Nigerian officials were expecting 230 stranded Nigerians to board the Ethiopian Airline flight only for 155 people to turn up for the journey back to Nigeria.
In his words, he said: “As of the last count, over 230 stranded Nigerians had been cleared to board an Ethiopian Airlines flight to Abuja, however, only 155 boarded the flight that arrived in the country on July 22.”
Mr. Fatile-Elias also spoke about how officials contributed money to feed the stranded Nigerians.
He said, ”Do you know that the officials at our mission had to sacrifice their earning by contributing money to feed the stranded fans?”
Some of the stranded fans fell into the trap of fraudulent agents who collected the sum of N350,000 each from them with the promise of the affected persons getting jobs and means of livelihood once they get to Russia.
Unknown to them, the agents arranged their trips to Russia using the visa-free FAN ID for the tournament.