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JUST IN: South African Government Denies Air Peace Landing Permit To Evacuate Nigerians

Valentine Chinyem

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The South African airport authority has denied Nigerian airline, Air Peace, landing permit to enable it’s airline land at the Oliver Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.

This had led to the led to the disruption in the evacuation of Nigerians from the troubled country following the ongoing xenophobic crisis there.

The Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, who confirmed this to journalists in Lagos,

said that efforts by the airline to get a permit from the South African authority failed.

The airline he said could not take off at 1pm as planned because of the refusal of the landing permit.

As at the time of filing this report, it was not certain when the permit would be granted.

He said: “We did not take off by 1 am as scheduled because South African authorities are yet to give us landing permit. We are hopeful that they will give us the permit.

”Our crew waited till 3:00 am but when the permit did not come, they went back to the hotel. Once we get the permit we will set off to South Africa. We don’t want to speculate but we are hopeful they will give the permit.”