SOUTH AFRICA DEPORTS 125 NIGERIANS OVER VACCINATION

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For alleged failure to provide genuine yellow fever vaccination documentation, South Africa Friday deported some 125 Nigerians that arrived the country on Thursday through South African Airways (SAA) and Arik Air.
THISDAY learnt that SAA returned 75 passengers to Nigeria while Arik Air brought back 50 passengers. Among those deported were Nigerians who have been living in South Africa for several years.
Reacting to the action of the South African government, Nigerian’s major carrier Arik Air announced the suspension of its flights to that country.



In a statement issued by the airline and signed by its head of communications, Adebanji Ola, Arik said it has taken the decision to temporarily suspend all flight operations between Lagos, Nigeria, and Johannesburg, South Africa with immediate effect.
“The decision to suspend the daily B737-800 service between the two financial hubs was taken due to the ongoing dispute between international airlines operating into Johannesburg and the Port Health Authorities over Yellow Fever documentation being presented to authorities at OR Tambo International Airport by passengers.
“Many of the passengers have been detained and refused entry into the country in recent months. The Port Health Authorities cite the reason being incorrect or un-recognised batch numbers on the documentation which is mandatory proof before entrance to the country.”
The airline also said the situation had escalated, culminating in hundreds of Nigerian and West African passengers travelling from the region being refused entry including 50 Arik Air passengers today (March 2, 2012).
“Arik has reached the conclusion that the irregular and obfuscating nature of this protocol is having an impact on its passengers and does not wish to proceed with operations into a country where its customers are at risk of detainment or any other measures meted out arbitrarily by the authorities.”
Arik Air also said its top official in South and Central Africa, Rodger Whittle, had been attempting to secure an answer for the decision to refuse 50 of its passengers yesterday morning, but the Head of South African Port Health Authorities had refused to speak to the head of operations of the airline in South Africa.
Group CEO/President of Arik Air, Dr. Michael Arumeni-Ikhide, said, “We are not prepared to stand-by and watch as our passengers reach their destination after an over-night flight only to be met with a protocol and procedure that is at best haphazard and at worst discriminatory to many of our passengers.
“Whilst we are being informed that the current crack-down is not unique to Nigeria and its inbound passengers, we are taking a stand by temporarily suspending this daily operation to show the Port Health Authorities we are simply not prepared for our customers to be treated in this manner.
“I hope that the matter can be resolved so that we can start up operations again as we obviously have a number of passengers booked in the coming days but I think they will agree with our decision and support our stand. Our priority is our passengers and we will ensure that everything is done to re-accommodate them whilst this situation is clarified and resolved in an agreeable manner to all carriers that are involved in this.”
The insistence of South African government to demand yellow fever vaccination document, known as Yellow Fever card, from Nigerian passengers has been a recurrent controversial issue, which many Nigerians believe is a way to discourage citizens from Africa’s most populous nation from visiting the country that shed off its apartheid regime in 1994.
The image-maker of South Africa Airways in Nigeria, Mr. Tope Awe, explained that the national carrier made efforts to ensure that its Nigerian passengers were not deported, including trying to authenticate their yellow fever vaccination documents, the country’s government still insisted that those passengers that did not satisfy the expectations of the officials of South Africa’s port health must be forced back to Nigeria.
An informed industry source told THISDAY that although the request for Yellow Card was not discriminatory of airline, it could be said to be discriminatory against some countries. The source wondered why some Nigerians resident in that country for some time now were also sent back home.
The source argued that South African government might have contacted the Port Health in Nigeria to be acquainted with the identity numbers of the Yellow Card for the officials to know which ones were not genuine.
The yellow fever vaccination was supposed to be administered by the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and other health centres in the local government councils which were supposed to issue yellow fever certification, but South Africa argued that most of the Yellow Cards were fake.
An industry operator told THISDAY that there has been a strain in the relationship between Nigeria and South Africa over the controversial vaccination and other visa and immigration issues.
In 2001, the then Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Kema Chikwe, was held hostage by the South African Port Health, which insisted that Chikwe must be vaccinated and quarantined, but the former Minister resisted it and the issue was later resolved by the Nigerian embassy in that country.
Earlier in 2000, former President Olusegun Obasanjo visited South Africa and as he addressed the business community in that country, he told them that he was aware of the way South Africa manhandled and humiliated Nigerians and treated them disrespectfully.
He, however, said he was not going to treat South Africans who wished to come to Nigeria that way but would rather facilitate their visa process, a promise that he kept and which succeeding governments also kept.
Yesterday, the aviation source disagreed with Obasanjo, saying, “Nigeria should introduce the quid pro quo, the principle of reciprocity, by also treating South African citizens who come to Nigeria in the same manner”.

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stephen153 at 12:09 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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sad
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malvin2525 at 12:27 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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hmmm
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ugochuks at 12:33 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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SO SAD!!

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HOPEA23 at 12:40 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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dem dey mad...but anyway i didn't read this essay ,,,,the reasons of deport nigerians...but all i wants to say is the nigeria should start deporting non-citizen of nigeria to their land...start with boko pple.. Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided Undecided :-\yes and then from south africa to ghana all of dem.,

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DHash at 12:46 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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Good for them, wetin poshu dem go south Africa if to say south African run go another country who for better d country for them! Yeye Igbos
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HOPEA23 at 12:55 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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you dey look for wahala..na only ibo dey south africa....?

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ssstrawberry at 01:05 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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Which sound be dis one
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Simon-Zeletus at 01:10 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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Go to hell south africa country that manage by white people stupid
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Tomnwakor at 01:13 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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hmm
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steph_mercy at 01:44 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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THEY HAVE BEEN BRAIN WASHED FOR SO MANY YEARS TO HATE
THEIR FELLOW AFRICANS EXPECIALLY NIGERIANS.

















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purityjustice at 01:58 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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wetin dey for dat HIV infested country self.
abeg make dem kom back jor
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proly at 02:03 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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oops
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jtownconnect at 02:16 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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Imagine South Africa............deporting Nigerians.................Omo na wa oohhhh
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kebella at 02:21 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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Quote from: DHash on 12:46 PM,  3/03/2012
Good for them, wetin poshu dem go south Africa if to say south African run go another country who for better d country for them! Yeye Igbos
God punish ur smelly wormy prick Angry

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dickman2 at 02:27 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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Quote from: DHash on 12:46 PM,  3/03/2012
Good for them, wetin poshu dem go south Africa if to say south African run go another country who for better d country for them! Yeye Igbos
who tell u say na ibos ...idiot from idiotic father,,if u have father..mumu..
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imoc at 02:43 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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this is very bad.,
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buchiike at 03:02 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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I HOPE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT DEY SEE HOW OTHER COUNTRY'S DEY DO THEIR THINGS? NA SO NAIJA SUPPOSE TO OPPERATE THEIR SYSTEM..
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interpo77 at 03:06 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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HMMM
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opigo at 03:08 PM, 3/03/2012 (7 years ago)
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IF 125 WERE DEPORTED, THEN 1,250 MORE NAIJA YOUTHS ARE STILL WASTING IN THIER JAILS. RIGHT NOW IN BANGKOK, NIGERIANS ARE BEING PUT IN JAIL EVERYDAY FOR ONE CRIME OR THE OTHER BUT THE WORST PART OF IT IS THAT THEY ARREST A NIGERIAN AND ASK HIM TO CALL HIS PEOPLE TO BRING MONEY FOR BAIL OUT OR GO TO JAIL AND IF THE ARRESTED FAIL TO PROVIDE THE MONEY THEN THEY WILL PUT DRUGS FOR HIM AND SEND HIM TO JAIL. WETHER THEY SAW IT ON YOU OR NOT AS LONG AS U ARE NIGERIAN. U MUST BRING MONEY OR GO TO JAIL. BETWEEN WEDNESDAY AND TODAY SATURDAY OVER 200 NIGERIANS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED BY THE THAI IMMIGRATION AND HAD BEEN PUT TO JAIL FOR OVER STAYING IN THAILAND BUT THE TRUTH IS MOST PEOPLE DOESN'T HAVE MONEY TO BUY TICKETS TO GO HOME AS THEY HAVE NO JOB EVEN MOST OF THESE GUYZ WERE TRICKED TO COME TO THAILAND EITHER TO PLAY FOOTBALL OR WORK IN A FACTORY WHICH IS NOT IN THE GOSPEL BOOK OF THE ROYAL THAI GOVERNMENT. PLS PEOPLE LIKE IBORI AND ALL THE OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WHO STEAL MONEY AND SEND IT ABROAD TO HIDE AND AFTER THEY WILL BE PUT TO JAIL FOR STEALING AND INVESTING IN A FORIEN LAND SHOULD PLEASE COME TO THE HELP OF YOUNG NIGERIANS IN ASIAN PRISONS. GOD ALMIGHTY WILL BE HAPPY WHO EVER SHALL COME TO STAND FOR OUR INNOCENT BRODAS. GOD BLESS NIGERIA.
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