Xenophobia: South African Officials Arrest 135 Returning Nigerians At Airport

8 months ago by: Adegbenga Ayinla
(m) at 12-09-2019 10:19AM (8 months ago)

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South African security agents have arrested Nigerians already profiled for evacuation out of the country for not possessing travel documents, Tribune Online has learnt.
Fresh information showed that the South African officials showed up at the last minute of when the Nigerian citizens caught up in xenophobic attacks were already positioned to start boarding the Air Peace aircraft.
The aircraft was parked at the tarmac of the Oliver Tambo international airport as early as 4:00 am Wednesday morning when the South African officials effected the arrests.
The South African officials were said to have demanded the travel documents of the Nigerians and an explanation on how they came into South Africa without legal travel papers.
While only 182 of the 317 Nigerians who had been documented with their names on the flight manifest, the remaining 135 who are said to have been prevented from boarding the free flight were taken away by the South African immigration officials.
As at the time of filing this report, scores of journalists including those from foreign and local organisations are waiting without concrete news about when the Nigerians will be allowed to be flown back.
Meanwhile, the Air Peace airline is losing millions as its Boeing 777-200 plane deployed for the special flight continues to remain on the ground at the foreign country.
Scores of journalists including those from foreign and local media organisations were waiting for the outcome of the development, but as at press time, no concrete news about when the Nigerians will be allowed to be flown back.


WhaleDog (m) at 12-09-2019 10:40AM
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Hmmm ! Nigeria consulate should be blamed for the hiccups.I mean ,the consulate should have done all those registered for returning home travel check and confirmation before listing those names for air lifting worthy applicants. And moreover ,The consulate should have made it clear to whoever coming forward to make sure your travel documents for exiting SA has been cleared in advance before departure date or the embassy could have handled this diplomatically by engaging the SA immigration on behalf of Nigerian with overstayed visa and those with no authentic travel documents. Common ! We shouldn’t blame SA for denying them exit because countries have stipulated entry and exit law .If you have overstayed your entry permit then there’s need to pay the penalty in form of fine or imprisonments.

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james987 (m) at 12-09-2019 10:57AM
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They asked Nigerians to leave. Does it now matters if they have travel documents or not?
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blowout (m) at 12-09-2019 10:58AM
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Let my people go. Shuooo!!! Una say na them dey cause all south African problems. Una still no want allow them go.
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kp45 (m) at 12-09-2019 10:59AM
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Up till now I haven't heard any concrete speech/information from Nigeria government.
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tonyigho (m) at 12-09-2019 11:37AM
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Quote from: james987 on 12-09-2019 10:57AM
They asked Nigerians to leave. Does it now matters if they have travel documents or not?
    you are very correct  because  they want them to go so I think in a situation  like this does not need document, this people  are looking for trouble.
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Doyourworst (m) at 12-09-2019 11:54AM
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If you've  asked them to leave your country, you have no right whatsoever to detain them. Let them go in peace!...NOW.
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Henrybobo (m) at 12-09-2019 11:55AM
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Quote from: james987 on 12-09-2019 10:57AM
They asked Nigerians to leave. Does it now matters if they have travel documents or not?
I tire o... Shebi person wey no get documents na Depot Dem go Depot am last last
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fineboy77 (m) at 12-09-2019 12:02PM
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These people are looking for trouble

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rainbowlove (m) at 12-09-2019 07:17PM
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ebi like say they don't want Nigerians to go again! This people are very useless sha!
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