Xenophobia: Why Evacuation Of Second Batch Of Nigerians Is Delayed
An official welcomes some Nigerians evacuated from South Africa on their arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on Wednesday (11/9/19). (image courtesy: Okoya Olatunde/BJO/NAN)

The second batch of 320 Nigerians earlier scheduled to arrive Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Tuesday from South Africa are now being expected on Wednesday following a delay in securing landing permit from South African aviation authorities for Air Peace.

Chairman of the airline, Allen Onyema disclosed this in a telephone interview, according to The Nation.

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Onyema said following the late approval for landing rights the Boeing 777-300 will now depart Lagos for Johanesbourg midnight to arrive with the second of 320 Nigerians by noon Wednesday.

He said the airline was committed to the project to ensure it follows laid down procedures as set by South African authorities.

Onyema was quoted as saying: ”Air Peace less than an hour ago just secured landing rights permit from South African aviation authorities. Our aircraft will now depart by midnight today ( Tuesday ) to evacuate Nigerians already cleared to return. The whole idea is to ensure the returnees arrive here during the day for enhanced logistics. Bringing in middle of the night may not be very convenient, that is why we moved it to Wednesday.”