Xenophobia: 300 Nigerians to be evacuated from South Africa

More than 300 Nigerians have  registered for evacuation from South Africa .

This followed the approval given by the Federal Government that those interested in leaving the former apartheid country should indicate interest and be airlifted home free.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, said  over 300 Nigerians had registered for the exercise 

However the time and date of departure has not been  disclosed.

This, according to Nwonye will be communicated to the people who have shown interest in due course.

Recall that the Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema had on Wednesday provided aircraft to evacuate Nigerians wishing to return home on account of the xenophobic attacks.

Nwonye had said in a statement, “The ministry wishes to inform the general public that following the recent unfortunate xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, including Nigerians in South Africa, the proprietor of Air Peace Airlines, Chief Allen Onyema, has volunteered to send a plane from September 6 to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return to Nigeria free of charge.

“The general public is hereby advised to inform their relatives in South Africa to take advantage of this laudable gesture.”

Nigerians had come under a series of attacks by South Africans with many killed over the years.

 No fewer than three persons had died and over 50 shops and businesses belonging to Nigerians and other nationals destroyed by South Africans in the latest attacks

The latest incident has  also triggered a major diplomatic row between Nigeria and South Africa as Nigerians carried out reprisal attacks on businesses owned by south Africans