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Evacuation Of Nigerians Suffers Setback Over Expired Passports     

Evacuation of Nigerians postponed till September 10.

Funsho Akinwale

There are strong indications that Air Peace Airlines may no longer airlift Nigerians from South Africa on Friday, September 6, as planned as a result of expired documents of many willing to return home.

The airlines, on Tuesday, signalled interest in supporting the federal government to evacuate Nigerians from South Africa today.

The move was in connection with incessant attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals living in the former apartheid country.

The Chairman of the airlines, Allen Onyeama, while briefing newsmen on the latest development said that some of the potential returnees were yet to renew their documents.

He added that the aircraft billed for the evacuation was already on standby, but they were only awaiting the order of the government.

“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 September 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.”

Onyeama, however, urged Nigerians living illegally in South Africa to take advantage of the evacuation flight and return home safely.