Xenophobia: Air Peace Begins Evacuation of Nigerians From South Africa
Air Peace on Wednesday commenced the evacuation of at least 84 Nigerians from South Africa.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave the update to journalists on Wednesday in Abuja.
The ministry said that out of 313 Nigerians confirmed for the first batch for evacuation today, 84 of them had so far been cleared and are expected to arrive Nigeria at 2:00pm local time.
It said, “The Air Peace aircraft which was scheduled to take off at 9:00am local time was delayed due to the fact that clearance procedures by immigration are usually very slow.
“Out of the 313 confirmed for the first batch for evacuation today, only 84 are cleared so far.
“The more the aircraft waits for the passengers, the higher the amount it will pay for parking.”
According to the ministry, 640 Nigerians have indicated the desire to return from South Africa and have registered to do so.
Upon their arrival, they will be received by senior officials of the Ministry.