At least Six hundred and forty (640) Nigerians living in South Africa have indicated their intrest to return to the country, as the federal government starts evacuating nationals today Wednesday Sept. 11
The first batch of the voluntary returnees, three hundred of them, will depart Johannesburg, aboard an Air Peace aircraft by 9am this morning, expected to arrive 2pm local time.
They will be received by senior officials of the Ministry of affairs.
Second batch of Nigerians will be evacuated on Thursday or Friday.
The chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa disclosed the figure, after her appearance at the senate.
She said two planes would be used in flying those who would be brought back.
The decision to evacuate them is due to xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa, which began about a week ago, and continued into Sunday night.
Source: TVC News