Air Peace airlifts 320 Nigerian xenophobia attack victims from SA Tuesday


The management of Air Peace has concluded plans to airlift the second batch of 320 Nigerians from South Africa on Tuesday, September 17.

The chairman and chief executive of the airline, Mr. Allen Onyema who disclosed this in Lagos on Monday said the flight is expected to arrive in Lagos from OR Tambo International Airport by 7:00 pm on Tuesday.

He said the flight would depart Nigeria after mid night on Tuesday, arrive in South Africa in the morning and leave South Africa for Lagos by mid-day.

Onyema also disclosed that out of over 600 Nigerians who are willing to return home, 360 of them had been cleared for the evacuation.

“The airline will airlift 320 in the second batch, which is the capacity of the Boeing 777 that will be deployed for the flight,” he said.

There are also indications that despite the diplomatic efforts started by South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa to reach out to other African countries, including Nigeria, many Nigerians are bent on leaving the rainbow nation due to uncertainty and lack of assurance that the hostility could be stopped by the South African authorities.

Aliu Saheed who returned to Nigeria in the first batch of airlift last Wednesday said the South African police could be overwhelmed by the violence which led to the death of many Nigerians and other Africans.

“I stayed in Pretoria city. I have been in South Africa for five years now. The police can’t control them (the killings by South African youths).

“They just come to an area and start shooting and killing innocent people. The police release rubber bullets at the perpetrators of the violence; and they won’t be affected because the bullets are rubber.

“The fire fighters came to quench the fire at some point but the taxi drivers chased them away. They kept bragging that there is nothing anyone can do since this is their country. They kill us the way they like. We are calling on our President to save Nigerians who are still in South Africa because they plan to kill them. As I speak to you now, they are not allowing Nigerians work. They close all our shops as I speak to you.”


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