Emerging report indicates that some Nigerian Immigrants in South Africa have hijacked the free transport to Nigeria provided by Air Peace Mass Transit in the wake of the recent Xenophobic attacks against Nigerians.
Air Peace had written to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, offering to send an aircraft from Friday to evacuate Nigerians residing in South Africa who wish to return to Nigeria “free of charge.”
An insider told YANS.NG that some Nigerians who are comfortable and travel frequently in connivance with some top officials have hijacked the process in a bid to travel to Nigeria for free instead of booking with other airlines.
The source also added that the real stranded Nigerians with genuine intentions to return home and escape being killed in South Africa are prevented from enjoying the kind gesture provided by Air Peace Transport.
According to the source, “unless something drastic is done to properly verify those in need of the free transport back home as a result of xenophobia, the process will be taken over by some well to do individuals who can afford to pay for their tickets. Most of these persons are not affected by the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa,” the source added.
Recent Xenophobic attacks in South Africa prompted President Muhammadu Buhari to recall Kabiru Bala, the Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa.
The nation also pulled out of the World Economic Forum on Africa, scheduled to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from September 4 to 6.
Angry protesters also took to the street demanding the shut down of South African businesses in Nigeria.