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Xenophobia Hub: Airline to Evacuate Stranded Nigerians for Free

A local carrier in Nigeria, Air Peace, on Wednesday offered to evacuate Nigerians willing to leave South Africa back home, the Nigeria Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform the general public that following the recent unfortunate xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, including Nigerians in South Africa, the Proprietor of Air Peace Airlines Chief Allen Onyema, has volunteered to send an aircraft from Friday, 6th September 2019 to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return to Nigeria free of charge.

“The general public is hereby advised to inform their relatives in South Africa to take advantage of this laudable gesture. Interested Nigerians are therefore advised to liaise with the High Commission of Nigeria in Pretoria and the Consulate General of Nigeria in Johannesburg for further necessary arrangement.

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Bullet points of major incidents around the issue:

  • South Africa says arrests at 289, death toll stands at 5
  • Kenya says two of its citizens were killed
  • South Africa must do more to stop xenophobia – Amnesty International
  • Nigeria issues South Africa Travel Advisory
  • Local airline, Air Peace, offers free evacuation of Nigerians
  • Nigeria pulls out of World Economic Forum on Africa, ongoing in Cape Town
  • Reprisal attacks were recorded in Lagos and Ibadan
  • Abuja issued statement calling for calm and restraint
  • Nigeria police beefs up security at SA-owned businesses
  • Regional body, Southern Africa Development Community, SADC; voices condemnation
  • Botswana issues South Africa travel advisory
  • MTN shuts all shops across Nigeria
  • Zambia shuts three South African malls
  • Zambia football body cancels match with SA

 

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Written by How Africa

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