Xenophobia: 400 Nigerians declare interest to return home amid tension in South Africa

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Xenophobia: 400 Nigerians declare interest to return home amid tension in South Africa

Nigeria’s consul general in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, discloses that at least 400 Nigerians want to return from South Africa.

Adama says those willing to return to Nigeria have already been registered for evacuation from South Africa.

Nigeria’s high commissioner to South Africa, Kabiru Bala, confirms the development.

It has been learned that at least 400 Nigerians in South Africa have indicated interest to return to home following the latest xenophobic attacks in their host country.

The disclosure was said to have been made by the Nigerian mission in South Africa adding that these set of people have registered to be evacuated from the troubled country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes Nigeria’s consul general in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, as saying this on Sunday, September 8.

The report said Adama noted that Air Peace had offered to airlift those willing to return home and, according to him, the first batch of Nigerians, who have shown interest, will be repatriated on Wednesday, September 11.

“We have more than enough for that aircraft. Over 400 Nigerians have already registered; more are still coming,” he said.

The report added that Nigeria’s high commissioner to South Africa, Kabiru Bala, confirmed that many citizens were willing to return.

According to Bala, the mission was equally responding to the needs of those willing to return, especially those who had issues with their documents.

“We are documenting them. Those without travel documents, we shall provide them with emergency travel certificates.”

“There are other governmental procedures that we must observe. Relevant agencies of government in Nigeria must be informed and must be ready to receive the returnees,” he said adding: “As soon as all procedures and relevant protocols are observed, the return is assured and guaranteed.”