The Chairman, Nigerians In Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM), Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said that 640 Nigerians in South Africa have voluntarily registered for home coming following the xenophobic attacks in the country.
She disclosed this while speaking with journalists after meeting with the Senate Committee on Diaspora on Monday, September 9, 2019.
She said two airplanes will be used to convey the returnees in a couple of days.
“As I speak with you now, we have 640 Nigerians voluntarily registered to come home. They will be home in a couple of days and we believe that more will still be coming to register. Two planes will convey them. When we receive the first two batches, we will know how many more will come,” she said.
Xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals including Nigerians continued on Sunday. The latest incident was recorded in Johannesburg, capital of South Africa.
One of Nigeria’s airline, Air Peace offered to convey Nigerians back to the country. However, plans were temporarily suspended due to expired travel documents of most citizens in South Africa.
To resolve this, Dabiri-Erewa said Nigeria will provide emergency travel certificates for returnees with expired passports.
Furthermore, the official informed that eight South African policemen have been charged to court for their involvement in past killings. She added that four more have been recently arrested. The policemen were said to be involved in the killing of Nigerians in their country.
She demanded results of these investigations, adding that this is the first time that South Africa is charging its policemen to court.
“Also, we know that eight policemen have been charged to court for their involvement in killings of Nigerians in South Africa and four more have been recently arrested.
“We are demanding that these investigations must end so that we can know exactly what is happening,” she added.
Dabiri-Erewa advised other Nigerians in South Africa to remain calm as the country continue to demand justice and compensation.
In his remarks, the Senate committee chairman on Diaspora, Ajibola Bashiru stated that there is the inter-parliamentary union to ensure the issue is being raised at parliamentary level.
“These matters are more of the executive level regarding the issue of rule of law and political will. In as much as we are relating to the parliament of South Africa, we must know clearly that this is a turf that executive action is much needed.
“What we do is get a briefing from our executive arm and we give whatever legislative support that may be required in order to ensure that they carry out that mandate,” he added.