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Xenophobia: South Africa Grants Landing Permit To Air Peace

Air Peace has been granted landing permit by South Africa.

Funsho Akinwale

The South African government, on Tuesday, granted Air Peace Flight B777 landing permit in order to evacuate about 320 Nigerians trapped in the country.

Godwin Adama, Nigeria’s Consul-General in Johannesburg, confirmed the new development to the media.

Adama spoke following the complaint by Chief Allen Onyeama, the Managing Director of Air Peace.

The airline boss had noted earlier that the refusal of South Africa to grant the permit made it difficult for other returnees to arrive Nigeria on Tuesday as promised.

Briefing newsmen, Adama stated that the landing permit had been approved and the airline was expected to land in South Africa on Tuesday night.

“They want Nigerians to arrive during the week, they are taking-off from here midnight.

“I do not know the exact time but they will be leaving (South Africa) midnight.

“I do not know why they were denied the landing permit. I think it is an airline operational issue. They did not get it yesterday but they told me that it came late yesterday (Monday).

“It was weekend and they were going to get it this morning; the airline did not tell me it was deliberate, but they explained to me that they have gotten it.

“Our manifest arrived last night towards the close of work and they were to take-off 1am Nigerian time yesterday (Monday) but they did not because it was late.

“I have gotten it now so they will be able to make me know the time of their arrival here so that we can know when to take-off,” Adama stated.