Air Peace announced on Friday that it has postponed the planned evacuation of Nigerians willing to return from South Africa over the xenophobic attacks in the country because majority of those interested in the process have expired passports.
Allen Onyema, chairman of Air Peace, disclosed this in a statement, saying his airline had already placed its Boeing 777 aircraft on standby since September 3 and was only awaiting for further directive from the federal government.
According to him, the new date for evacuation as September 9 or September 10 as the process of passport renewal for affected persons have commenced.
Onyema said, “The Air Peace flight to South Africa will take off from the Lagos Airport and also return to Lagos. As earlier stated, the take off could be Sept 9 or Sept 10,” she said.
“This is because the Nigerians in South Africa have to obtain travel certificates because many of them do not have travel documents and their passports have expired.
“Air Peace has placed its aircraft, Boeing 777 for the flight since Sept. 3, but the Nigerian High Commission needed time to register the Nigerians billed to travel.
“And, they are already doing that in Johannesburg and Pretoria.”
Recall that on Wednesday, Ferdinand Nwonye, spokesman of the ministry of foreign affairs, had announced the plan of the airline to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return to Nigeria “free of charge.”