The departure of the second batch of Nigerians from South Africa based on the xenophobic attacks was again disturbed on Tuesday owning to a delay in giving a landing permit to Air Peace. Based on the recent attacks against foreigners in South Africa, Air Peace had helped move a batch of Nigerians numbering 187, from South Africa.
The airline was meant to evacuate another batch consisting of 320 Nigerian who want to come back home, with a flight that would have arrived by 7.00pm on Tuesday but according to the chairman of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, the aircraft was still on stand by at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos. According him, the flight which was meant to have departed at 1.00am was denied landing permit by South African authorities.
“We did not take off at 1:00 am as scheduled because South African authorities are yet to give us landing permit.
“We are hopeful that they will give us the permit. Our crew waited till 3:00 am, but when the permit did not come, they went back to the hotel.
“Once we get the permit we will set off to South Africa. We don’t want to speculate but we are hopeful they will give the permit,” Onyema said.
The South African authorities had used the same strategy on September 11, to frustrate some Nigerians from leaving the country, by insisting that the Nigerians undergo fresh profiling regardless of the one conducted by the Nigerian High Commission. This led to hours of delay before 187 of the over 300 Nigerians were successfully brought back home.