The first batch of Nigerian returnees from South Africa would leave for Lagos on Wednesday, the Consul General of Nigeria in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, says.
Adama told newsmen that the first batch of returnees are expected to depart South Africa on Wednesday by 9:00 a.m.
“The first flight leaves by 09: 00 hours this Wednesday with about 320 passengers and the second batch will leave on Thursday, all things being equal.
“We have over 600 who had indicated interest. All things being equal, without any hitches, the plane will take off by 09:00 hours this Wednesday.
“The manifest for the first flight is ready, and we are working on the next flight,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday, called for the immediate evacuation of Nigerians willing to return home from South Africa following the latest attacks on Nigerians and other nationals.
Buhari gave the directive when he received the Report of the Special Envoy to South Africa, the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Abubakar.
The chairman of Air Peace Allen Onyema, had last week, volunteered to send an aircraft to evacuate Nigerians who wished to return home, but the evacuation was stalled because some Nigerians had expired travel documents.