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XENOPHOBIA: Another batch of Nigerians leave South Africa

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The Air Peace flight conveying the second batch of Nigerians who elected to leave South Africa in the wake of xenophobic attacks have Departed the OR Thambo International Airport, Johannesburg.

According to reports, about 319 Nigerians were evacuated on Wednesday aboard the flight that departed the Southern African capital at about 2:58pm.

An official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kimiebi Ebenfa, confirmed the departure of the flight.

Ebenfa said: “We wish to inform you that the second batch of about 319 willing Nigerian returnees from South Africa has departed O. R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa, today (Wednesday) at 14h:58 local time.

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“The returnees, who were airlifted by Air Peace Airline, are expected to arrive Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, today at about 18h:58 local time.”

It would be recalled that the first flight had brought back 187 Nigerians out of the 313 scheduled for the evacuation last Wednesday.

The Consul-General, Nigerian High Commission in South Africa, Godwin Adama, had disclosed that the number of registered Nigerians had risen to 1,004, adding that the technical issues faced during the first evacuation were being addressed.

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