Xenophobia: Next Evacuation Of Nigerians Scheduled For Sunday

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The evacuation next batch of Nigerians in is likely to be on Saturday, it has been learnt.

187 Nigerians, made up 30 children, were lifted from the OR Tambo International Airport on Johannesburg on Wednesday.

It was also gathered the collation names for the intending returnees is ongoing.

Confirming the date the next flight, President of Nigerian Citizen Association, South Africa (NICASA), Prince Ben Okoli, said: “We are busy doing the collating of names of intending returnees for the next flight. Hopefully according to the Consul General the next evacuation will be done on Saturday.

“It is not true that anyone was refused departure to Lagos because any matter.

“Yes it is true that some had matters but that was quickly fixed by the Consul General who was on the scene to ensure their smooth evacuation.”

Over 600 Nigerians had indicated interest to return to Nigeria following the recent xenophobic attacks on other nationals in South Africa.

The gesture the Air Peace to provide free airlift also helped in facilitating their return.