Xenophobia: Evacuation of Nigerians suffers setback, as returnees’ hold expired passports
The plan by Air Peace to evacuate Nigerians in South Africa from September 6 suffered a setback as the majority of those interested in the process have expired passports.
This followed the ongoing xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals living in that country.
Mr Allen Onyema, the Chairman of Air Peace, said in a statement in Lagos on Friday that most of the potential returnees were yet to renew their documents.
Onyema said the airline had already placed its Boeing 777 aircraft on standby and was only awaiting the go-ahead from the government.
“And, they are already doing that in Johannesburg and Pretoria.”
Onyema described the attacks against Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa as unfortunate, especially with the alleged tacit support being given to the perpetrators by the authorities.
He advised Nigerians without legal documents in South Africa to take advantage of the evacuation flight to return to the country.
NAN reports that the Federal Government has pulled out of World Economic Summit holding in Cape Town and also proposed recall of its High Commission to South Africa, Ambassador Kabiru Bala.
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