Some of the Nigerians in South Africa who had registered to return home over the recent attacks on them would land in Nigeria on Wednesday.
It was gathered that the first batch of the returnees from South Africa would be airlifted from Johannesburg to Lagos by 9 a.m.
According to the Nigeria Consul General in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, the first batch is made up of 320 passengers.
Air Peace would commence evacuation of over 600 Nigerians who had registered to come back home following the series of attacks on foreign nationals and their businesses in South Africa.
“The first flight leaves by 0900 hrs on Wednesday with about 320 passengers and the second batch will leave on Thursday all things being equal.
“We have over 600 who had indicated interest all things being equal without any hitches, the plane will take off by 0900 hrs on Wednesday.
“The manifest for the first flight is ready and we are working on the next flight,” he said.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered for the immediate evacuation of all Nigerians who are willing to return home from South Africa following the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals.
Buhari gave the instruction when he received the Report of the Special Envoy to South Africa, Amb Ahmed Abubakar, Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), at the Presidential Villa, Abuj
Also, the Chairman of Air Peace Mr Allen Onyema, had last week volunteered to send aircraft to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return home free of charge.
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