Xenophobia: South Africa finally allows Air Peace to Evacuate 2nd batch of Nigerians

The South African authorities have granted landing allowed Air B777 Peace Flight to allow him to evacuate some 320 Nigerians escaping xenophobia in this country, a Nigerian consular official confirmed.

Nigeria in Johannesburg Consul General Godwin Adama, made the confirmation in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.

Adama spoke on the merits of a complaint by the Director General of Air Peace, chief Allen Onyema.

Onyema had said that the refusal of South Africa to grant the permit has made it impossible for the flight leaving at 1:00 Lagos to Johannesburg to send the second batch of returnees.

But Adama said the license had been granted the airline and the flight would be late in the night of Tuesday.

Adama said, "They want Nigerians to arrive during the week they are taking off by midnight.

"I do not know the exact time, but they leave (South Africa) at midnight.

"I do not know why they were denied the landing permit. I think it's an aerial operational issue. They did not yesterday, but was told that he arrived late last (Monday).

"It was a weekend and they were going to do this morning; the airline did not say it was deliberate, but they told me they got it.

"Our manifesto happened last night towards the end of the work and they were at 1:00 takeoff yesterday, the time of Nigeria (Monday), but they did not because it was late.

"I've now got they will be able to let me know by the time of arrival so that we can know when to take off. "

Adama said bus pass provided for Nigerians wishing to return home were still in the premises of the mission and everyone was there.

"We always work really on the number (320) to see how we can fill the capacity of airlines with someone who is readily available.

"We have more than enough, even we try to ensure that the plane is full so we easily take people who are on the field now.

"We have more than enough to fill the plane, the delay also helped us because we call names on board, we see some people cleared at the last minute.

"The truth is that they are people who are not compensated, those who are willing to go here and we are all trying to do the tail.

"We can not even be able to take anyone hoping," he added.

Adama said the next batch of evacuation would be based on federal guidelines.

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