The first group of Nigerians escaping from the gruesome xenophobic attacks in South Africa is expected to land in the country Wednesday at 2:00 pm the National Emergency Managment Agency (NEMA) has said.
NEMA spokesperson, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, South West Zone, confirmed the development newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos, saying that 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, adding that the evacuation had earlier suffered a set-back 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 for 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