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Xenophobia: 187 Nigerians arrive Lagos, South African Government bring-up new rules to stop evacuation (photos)

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Only 187 Nigerians out of the 320 Nigerians expected back home were successfully evacuated to Nigeria as it was learnt that the South African government brought up new immigration rules to frustrate the evacuation process.

The 187 passengers were aboard the Air Peace Flight which arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at 9.43pm.

 

Xenophobia: 187 Nigerians arrive Nigeria, South African Government bring up new rules to stop evacuation (video/photos)

 

The Chairman of Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa confirmed that there was a 15 hours delay before the flight left South Africa. A viral photo on Facebook showed a Nigerian passport with a cancelled South African visa as of September 10, same treatment was meted out to other returning Nigerians.

 

Xenophobia: 187 Nigerians arrive Nigeria, South African Government bring up new rules to stop evacuation (video/photos)

 

Dabiri-Erewa disclosed that the Federal Government is giving N40,000 worth of airtime to the returnees to last them for two months as well as stipend of N10,000 for transport.  There are also reports that the Bank of Industry has initiated plans to provide loans for the returnees to start small businesses.

 

Xenophobia: 187 Nigerians arrive Nigeria, South African Government bring up new rules to stop evacuation (video/photos)

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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