Air Peace has not called off airlift of Nigerian victims of xenophobia – Onyema

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The management of Air Peace has denied the suspension of evacuation of Nigerian victims of xenophobia South Africa.

The chairman and chief executive of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema said in a statement that airline had not abandoned the evacuation but was waiting for the Nigerian High Commission in that country to ready the next batch of Nigerians to be flown home.

He said the airline would continue to bring back Nigerians who are willing to return to their country until the last evacuee is taken out of that country.

Onyema also stated that about 1000 Nigerians were willing to return home “but the airlift would start after the high commission has finished with the paper work to prepare them for the flight home.”

“I said it earlier that Air Peace will bring back to our country all those Nigerians who are willing to return and we will continue to bring them back until the last evacuee is taken out of South Africa.

“I learnt from the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa that about 1000 Nigerians are willing to return home. So what Air Peace has agreed with the Commission is that when it finishes with documentation, settled with immigration then the High Commission will notify Air Peace which will deploy aircraft to bring them back.

“This is to avoid what happened last time when 320 passengers were expected to be airlifted but the South African authorities allowed 187 to make the flight,” Onyema said.

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