First Set Of Nigerians Returns From South Africa Today – NEMA

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Yemisi Izuora

The first batch of Nigerians from South Africa are expected to arrive today by 2 p.m..

Ibrahim Farinloye, Spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency, South West Zone, NEMA,  confirmed the development  in Lagos.

Farinloye said, barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Air Peace B777 aircraft, volunteered by the airline to evacuate Nigerians, would arrive on September 11 at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.

He explained that the aircraft would take off on Tuesday night from Lagos to South Africa to bring home the first batch of the over 600 Nigerians.

The evacuation had earlier suffered a setback as it was discovered that most of those interested in the process had expired passports.

However, the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria and Johannesburg had prepared Travel Certificates to the affected Nigerians to facilitate their return.

President Muhammadu Buhari had also on Monday ordered the immediate evacuation of Nigerians who had indicated interest to leave South Africa after receiving report from the Special Envoy deployed to the country.

The government earlier issued travel advice to Nigerians intending to visit South Africa due to the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals.

Farinloye told Oriental News Nigeria that the Diaspora Commission is responsible for the welfare of the returnees but on their part medical team and other security arrangements have bern put in place.

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