Xenophobia: Ignore $1000 Flight Ticket Demand, Air Peace Boss Warns Returning Nigerians

Nigerians listed for evacuation from South Africa have been warned to refrain from paying $1,000 or any amount whatsoever for their flight. The warning was handed by the chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema just as he retreated that the returnees’ flight home was on Air Peace

He urged them to guard against unauthorised persons reportedly collecting $1,000 from them, adding that no returnee should pay for the flight.

Said Allen: “We have not designated or recruited any agent in South Africa to collect money on behalf of Air Peace. So, nobody should pay money to anyone or group of persons posing as Air Peace agent or staff.

“Any Nigerian who has paid money for repatriation to Nigeria with Air Peace should request for a refund and report to appropriate authorities”.

Air Peace had, last week, volunteered to send an aircraft to evacuate, free of charge, Nigerians who wish to return home.

Said he: “Air Peace is willing to support the Nigerian Government’s efforts in this matter by deploying our B777 aircraft to evacuate Nigerians back home”.

He said the airline was particularly concerned about the safety of Nigerians in South African following the attacks.

The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had also pledged the Federal Government’s support to any Nigerian who wanted to return home.

Dabiri-Erewa said this after a closed door meeting with the Senate Committee on Diaspora and Non-Governmental Organisations in Abuja.

She said that the returnees would be encouraged to enroll and participate in the various social intervention programmes of the government.

Said Dabiri: “We will encourage them to enroll in small scale entrepreneurial programmes with the Bank of Industry under the social investment programme. So, there are things that they can do”.

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