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Xenophobia: Evacuation Of Nigerians Begins Wednesday     

400 Nigerians are set to leave South Africa on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

Funsho Akinwale

The evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa is expected to commence on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

Fresh reports reaching us suggest that over 400 Nigerians have indicated interest in leaving the country following the recent attacks across the country.

Godwin Adama, Nigeria’s Consul General in Johannesburg, on Sunday disclosed that the first batch of Nigerians willing to return home would be airlifted by Air Peace on Wednesday.

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

Speaking in the same vein, Nigerian envoy to South Africa, Kabiru Bala, said Nigerians have responded positively to return home

“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.

“Hard work is now going on at the High Commission and Consulate in this regard. As soon as all procedures and relevant protocols are observed, the return is assured and guaranteed,” Bala stated.