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Xenophobia: 84 Nigerians return from South Africa

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The first group of 84 Nigerians evacuated from South Africa should arrive in Nigeria on Wednesday at 14:00 local time through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos in the company of officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to the Nigerian news agency (NAN), the Foreign Ministry has announced this in an update made available to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, stating that although 313 Nigerians have been confirmed as those who make up the first group of displaced people Only 84 of them would arrive on Wednesday because they were authorized to board the flight to Nigeria.

According to the ministry, 640 Nigerians have indicated their desire to return from South Africa and have registered to do so.

The ministry said the second group of displaced people will leave Johannesburg for Nigeria on Friday.

“The Air peace aircraft which was scheduled to take off at 9. a.m local time was delayed due to the fact that checking in and clearance procedures by immigration are very very slow.

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“There are complaints of system failure and out of the 313 confirmed for first batch of evacuation today, only 84 are cleared so far.

“The more the Aircraft waits for the passengers, the higher the amount the Aircraft will pay for Parking,” the ministry stated.

Latest Nigeria News reports that following the xenophobic attack on Nigerians in South Africa, Mr Allen Onyeama, Proprietor of Air Peace. Airline volunteered to send an aircraft to evacuate Nigerians willing to return free of charge

The process which was earlier scheduled to commence on Sept. 6 had stalled as it was reported that most Nigerians willing to return did not have valid passports or travel documents to complete immigration formalities.