Xenophobia: Air Peace postpones airlifting of Nigerians from South Africa


– Air Peace has postponed its planned airlifting of Nigerians from South Africa


– The airline had promised to commence airlifting of Nigerians from the country on Friday, September 6


– According to the report, some Nigerians who were penciled down for the evacuation could not present valid travel documents


Report by the Guardian indicates that the planned airlift of Nigerians in South Africa scheduled for Friday, September 6, has been postponed till Monday, September 9 or Tuesday, September 10.


Legit.ng gathered that the operating airline, Air Peace, confirmed this after discussions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian high commission in South Africa.


The newspaper reported that the shift in date was due to the need to get valid travel documents for the already penciled passengers.


It was gathered that many of the intending passengers did not have travel documents and many possess expired passports.


“Air Peace has prepared its aircraft, Boeing 777, for the flight since Tuesday, but the Nigerian high commission needed time to register the Nigerians billed to travel. They are already doing that in Johannesburg and Pretoria,” an airline source was quoted.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had on Wednesday, September 4, informed the general public that following the recent unfortunate xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, including Nigerians in South Africa, the proprietor of Air Peace Airlines, Chief Allen Onyema, has volunteered to send an aircraft from Friday, September 6, to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return to Nigeria free of charge.


“The general public is hereby advised to inform their relatives in South Africa to take advantage of this laudable gesture. Interested Nigerians are therefore advised to liaise with the high commission of Nigeria in Pretoria and the consulate general of Nigeria in Johannesburg for further necessary arrangement,” the ministry had said.


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