In the wake of series of xenophobic attacks against foreign nationals in South Africa, 84 Nigerians evacuated from South Africa are expected to arrive in Nigeria today at 2.pm local time via the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, in company of officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, disclosed this in an update made available to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, and explained that although 313 Nigerians were confirmed as those to form the first batch of evacuees, only 84 of them would arrive on Wednesday because they were the ones cleared to embark on the flight to Nigeria.
The ministry added that the second batch of evacuees would depart Johannesburg for Nigeria on Friday.
“The Air peace aircraft which was scheduled to take off at 9. a.m local time was delayed due to the fact that checking in and clearance procedures by immigration are very slow.
“There are complains of system failure and out of the 313 confirmed for first batch of evacuation today, only 84 are cleared so far.
“The more the Aircraft waits for the passengers, the higher the amount the Aircraft will pay for Parking,” the ministry stated.
According to the ministry, 640 Nigerians have indicated the desire to return from South Africa and have registered to do so.