Xenophobia: Evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa affected by Expired passports

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Aftermath of the Xenophobia attack on foreigners living in South Africa, Air Peace had decided to bring Nigerians stranded back to their County.

However, according to The Cable, the process has been postponed due to the expired passports of citizens who had opted to take the opportunity.

This was disclose by the chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, in a statement on Friday noting that the evacuation set to start today (September 6) had thus been postponed to early next week by which time the embassy would have sorted the issue of travel documents.

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He said: “The Air Peace flight to South Africa will take off from the Lagos Airport and also return to Lagos. As earlier stated, the take off could be Sept 9 or Sept 10.”

“This is because the Nigerians in South Africa have to obtain travel certificates because many of them do not have travel documents and their passports have expired.

“Air Peace has placed its aircraft, Boeing 777 for the flight since Sept. 3, but the Nigerian High Commission needed time to register the Nigerians billed to travel. And, they are already doing that in Johannesburg and Pretoria.”

Some outlets belonging to the South Africa have also been targeted in parts of Nigeria and Zambia.

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