Xenophobic Attacks: Air Peace Debunks Suspending Evacuation
The management of Nigeria’s Air Peace, has debunked the report that it has suspended the evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa following the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
The Chairman and CEO of the airline, Allen Onyema said that Air Peace has not suspended the evacuation exercise but it is waiting for the Nigerian High Commission to get ready the next batch of Nigerians that would be taken out of the country that has become hostile to Africans.
He said that the airline would continue to bring back Nigerians who are willing to return to their country until the last evacuee is taken out of that country.
Onyema disclosed that indications from the Nigerian High Commission showed that about 1000 Nigerians are still willing to return home but the airlift would start after the Commission has finished with paperwork to prepare them for the flight home.
According to Onyema, Air Peace will bring back to Nigeria all Nigerians who are willing to return and will continue to bring them back until the last evacuee is taken out of South Africa.
“I learnt from the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa that about 1000 Nigerians are willing to return home. So what Air Peace has agreed with the Commission is that when it finishes with documentation, settled with Immigration then the High Commission will notify Air Peace which will deploy aircraft to bring them back.
“This is to avoid what happened last time when 320 passengers were expected to be airlifted but South Africa authorities allowed 187 to make the flight,” Onyema said.