Xenophobia: 319 Nigerians to be evacuated from South Africa on Tuesday by FG

Following the successful evacuation of 187 Nigerians from South Africa last Wednesday, the federal government is set to air lift another batch of about 319 Nigerians from South Africa on Tuesday.

The Chairman, Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who confirmed the development said the list of passengers was constantly being being updated.

Dabri- Eruwa further revealed that the necessary travel documents were being processed for intending returnees to avoid the hitches that disrupted the first evacuation exercise.

She noted, “We are still looking at 319. We have 319 registered for the next flight, but the list is still being updated. For the flight, we are looking at Tuesday or Wednesday so that proper documentation would be done. We don’t want a situation where the plane will return half-empty with few passengers.”

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The Consul-General, Nigerian High Commission in South Africa, Godwin Adama, who confirmed the development, revealed he was still compiling the list.

Meanwhile, South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Sunday sent three officials to President Muhammadu Buhari and heads of six other African countries to deliver messages of solidarity to them over the xenophobic attacks in his country.

The team, comprising Mr Jeff Radebe, Ambassador Kingsley Mmabolo and Dr Khulu Mbatha, would also visit Niger Republic, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.

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