314 Nigerians return from South Africa

The second batch of Nigerians who left South Africa as a result of xenophobic attacks are currently at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos State.

After days of delay over landing permit to Air Peace, a total of 314 Nigerians boarded the carrier from Johannesburg to Lagos.

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Allen Onyeama, chairman of Air Peace, had said the action of South African authorities disrupted the plan of his airline which volunteered to convey stranded Nigerians back home free of charge.

“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,” he had said.

“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.”

Last week, 187 Nigerians returned to the country as a result of the violence in South Africa.

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