First Batch of 84 Nigerians evacuated from South Africa to arrive Lagos today


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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has disclosed that the first batch of 84 Nigerians evacuated from South Africa is expected to arrive in Nigeria on Wednesday at 2.p.m. local time, via the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, in the company of officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Ministry explained that although 313 Nigerians were confirmed as those to form the first batch of evacuees, only 84 of them would arrive on Wednesday as they were the ones cleared to embark on the flight to Nigeria.


According to the ministry, 640 Nigerians have indicated the desire to return from South Africa and have registered to do so. 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 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.