The first batch of Nigerians being evacuated from South Africa by the Federal Government following the ongoing xenophobic attacks would return on Wednesday by 2 p.m., an official has said.
The Federal Government has announced that it would evacuate the first batch of Nigerians from South Africa on Wednesday.
Through the Spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), South West Zone, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, who stated that the first batch would arrive by 2 pm, Wednesday confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos.
He noted that if everything goes as planned, the Air Peace B777 aircraft, volunteered by the airline to evacuate Nigerians, would arrive on Sept. 11 at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
He said the plane would take off from Lagos to South Africa on Tuesday night
The first batch numbers over 600 Nigerians.
Recall President Muhammadu Buhari had also on Monday ordered the immediate evacuation of Nigerians who had indicated interest to leave South Africa after receiving a report from the Special Envoy deployed to the country.
The government earlier issued travel advice to Nigerians intending to visit South Africa due to the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals.