The Air Peace flight which conveyed some Nigerians who left South Africa over xenophobic attacks touched down at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Wednesday night.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), led officials to receive them.
Also on ground to welcome them back home are officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), among others.
Speaking with reporters shortly after disembarking from the plane, Jude Anthony, one of the returnees, said xenophobia is being driven by the South African government.
Dabiri-Erewa said a total of 187 Nigerians were evacuated on Wednesday.
The development follows a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari to evacuate Nigerians in South Africa.
Air Peace had offered the free flights to Nigerians wishing to leave the country in light of the continued attacks.