South Africa frustrates evacuation, arrests home-bound Nigerians at airport

Report has it that aithorities in South Africa are frustrating the evacuation of the first batch of Nigerians seeking to leave the country.

Sources at the Nigerian High Commission stated that the South African authorities were challenging the Nigerians at the airport waiting to board Air Peace flight out of the country.

The source stated that though the Nigerians had their papers, the authorities were still challenging them to know how they got into the country.

He said: “South Africa is frustrating Nigeria. The Air Peace aircraft has been there since 4:00am. Their Immigration started giving our High Commission problems. They said some Nigerians didn’t have papers. Immigration is arresting them, asking them to explain how they came to South Africa.

“About five minutes ago, only 182 Nigerians were allowed to board the flight while the rest are being barred by South African Immigration. They are frustrating the Nigerian High Commission, taking the passengers away. They want to frustrate the airline and the Nigerian government.

“Our High Commission is having tough time with the South African government. They are stopping and arresting Nigerians, saying they should explain how they came into the country.”

Another source said: “The aircraft has been burning fuel since 4:00am. They are not happy that Nigeria is evacuating its citizens and that a Nigerian airline is involved in evacuating them.”

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