Second group of Nigerians airlifted from South Africa

Nigerians return home from South Africa in the wake of Xenophobic attack

A second batch of Nigerians is back home from South Africa. About 315 people landed on Wednesday night in Lagos. They joined several hundred Nigerians who have left South Africa in the wake of recent xenophobic attacks.

About 320 people were expected but five passengers were said to have been dropped as a result of documentation issues.

“They’re coming off the plane,” said Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency, adding that he was not able to give an exact figure for the evacuees but he had been told there were 314.

A large crowd greeted the returnees at the airport after they disembarked around 9 pm (2200 GMT).

Last week nearly 200 other Nigerians were repatriated aboard a chartered plane following the violence that rocked Johannesburg and surrounding areas in South Africa.

A series of deadly attacks on foreigners included many directed against Nigerian-owned businesses and properties. Hundreds of shops were looted or destroyed.

Some 100,000 Nigerians are estimated to reside in South Africa, according to the Nigerian consulate in Johannesburg, which says however that it does not have exact figures.


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