South African immigration delays evacuation of Nigerians

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Nigerians returning from South Africa back home due to the xenophobic attacks in that country are being delayed by the South African Immigration services.
According to Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission told newsmen at the Hajj and cargo terminal of the Lagos Airport, the the South African Immigration services had insisted on conducting another round of documentation on the returnees.
She said this situation had led to the delay in the take off of the aircraft billed for evacuation early this morning.

 Dabiri stated that 317 were already on the manifest to be airlifted, 86 females and the rest are males.

The 2pm initially slated for the arrival of the Returnees has been shifted to 6pm due to the development in South Africa.

On arrival she said the Returnees would be profiled and given stipend in  the form of transport fares that take them to get to their respective states of origin.

Mrs Erewa said government had mobilized the Bank of Industry to work out skills acqisition and other social intervention programmes for those who show interest. 


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