- The first group of evacuated Nigerians have landed in Lagos
- The Nigerians fled the xenophobic attacks in South Africa
- The photos of the successful landing have been shared on social media
Due to the recent spate of xenophobic attacks in the country, Nigerians have been offered free and safe passage home by Nigerian airline, Air Peace. A few seized the opportunity and flew home. Photos have recently been shared showing them landing in Lagos.
The Twitter account ARISEtv posted the pictures with the caption:
"Back home: First set of #Nigerians from #SouthAfrica arrives Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos. The flight which was scheduled to arrive earlier touched down late due to certain 'roadblocks' by SA Immigration."
The caption was disputed by a few South African social media users, however. Twitter user CoockieMonste said:
"No Chief please get the reporting right how can there be road blocks in the air, be honest the delay was as a result of papers that were not in order, only 25 ppl on the plane had the correct papers most had overstayed by months and years, but anyway it’s cool."
"Air peace must do this every week for at least 2 yrs."
"South Africans are not as bad as they've been portrayed by the (social) media. Some Nigerians have been doing illegal activities (drugs & human-trafficking) in our communities & when the police fail to stop such, then communities resort to self-help which is usually unpleasant."
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Nigerians were offered free flights out of SA to escape xenophobic attacks. The owner of a Nigerian charter airline offered to send an aircraft to evacuate Nigerians who wished to leave South Africa - free of charge.
Many social media users celebrated the announcement, including both South Africans and Nigerians. Mozambique and Zimbabwe have joined Nigeria in taking citizens home in the wake of xenophobic attacks.
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi says that the nation is currently undergoing the process to withdraw citizens from South Africa after 500 people lost their homes in Mzansi, reports STV Noticias.
Sibusiso Moyo, Zimbabwean Foreign Minister, says that 171 people have been earmarked for government evacuations, along with the remains of two citizens.
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