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Xenophobia: 320 Nigerians to arrive Wednesday from South Africa

Valentine Chinyem

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Sequel to the incessant attacks on foreigners by South Africans, about 320 Nigerians are expected to be evacuated back to Nigeria from the troubled country on Wednesday.

The returnees would arrive the Murtala Muhammed International Airport aboard the Peace Airlines on Wednesday afternoon, Chairman of the airline Mr Allen Onyema disclosed in telephone interview.

According to him, the 320 is the first batch of the over 700 Nigerians so far captured to be brought back home.

Onyema added that the carrier has secured the necessary approvals from the relevant aviation and other authorities both in Nigeria and South Africa for the exercise.

Upon arrival in Lagos on Wednesday, the aircraft is expected to return to South Africa for the next batch of Nigerians, who could not be accommodated in the first batch.

According to a source, officials of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and airport authorities in-charge of the cargo wing of the Murhata International Airport, Lagos are set for the exercise.

Onyema said: “Air Peace is fully mobilised for the operations to return Nigerian stranded in South Africa.

“Our mission is a patriotic offer to support the government and save the lives of Nigerians. Our crew will depart Lagos on Tuesday and return with the first batch of 320 on Wednesday. It is going to be a back- to- back operations until the over 700 so far captured are air lifted home.”