The planned airlift of Nigerians in South Africa scheduled for Friday, September 6, is been delayed till next Monday or Tuesday.The operating airline, Air Peace, confirmed this after discussions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa.
The NAN learnt that the shift in date is due to the need to get valid travel documents for the already penciled passengers. It is gathered that many of the intending passengers did not have travel documents and many possess expired passports.
An airline source said an air Peace has prepared its aircraft, Boeing 777, for the flight since yesterday but the Nigerian High Commission need time to register the Nigerians billed to travel.
The Nigerian government today said it will being the evacuation of Nigerians willing to leave the country over the persistent xenophobic attack in South Africa.
Geoffrey Onyeama Nigeria’s foreign affairs minister disclosed that Air Peace will commence the evacuation exercise on Friday.According to him he said the development is made possible by the Proprietor of Air Peace Airlines, Chief Allen Onyema, who has volunteered to send an aircraft each daily from Friday, to evacuate Nigerians who may wish to return to Nigeria, free of charge.