Xenophobia: 187 Nigerians return from South Africa


The first repatriation flight of Nigerians from South Africa has arrived in the country.

The returnees are those who willingly decided to leave South Africa in the wake of xenophobic attacks.

Of the 320 Nigerians that had been expected back, only 187 were successfully repatriated following moves by the South African government to frustrate the evacuation efforts.

Some of the returnees shared with our correspondent their harrowing experiences.

They were received by arrived the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) on Wednesday.

One of the returnees, Temilade Olukojo, a mother of one, told TV360Nigeria that she lost a Chevrolet car in the violence at Jules. She also explained how difficult the situation is for foreigners in South Africa.

“They stopped cars and taxi on the way, they’ll tell you to identify yourself. If you’re not able to speak their language, they’ll drag you down and start killing.”

Olukojo said she is happy to be back in Nigeria and ready to start life again with her little daughter.

President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the evacuation of Nigerians in South Africa who are willing to return home after several xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, including Nigerians.

Buhari gave this order after he received the report of the special envoy sent to South Africa to convey a Special Message to President Cyril Ramaphosa over the recent xenophobic attacks in the country.


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