Nigerians take up evacuation from SA offer


At least 640 Nigerians signed up for free flights home from South Africa after xenophobic attacks on foreigners, a spokeswoman for Nigeria’s president said.

Private Nigerian airline Air Peace plans to operate two flights with Boeing 777 aircraft, the first leaving Lagos on Tuesday to return on Wednesday with evacuees.

The plane can carry 300 passengers.

President Muhammadu Buhari earlier called for immediate voluntary evacuation of all Nigerians wanting to return home and Air Peace offered free flights.

In the latest xenophobic violence in South Africa, riots in Pretoria and Johannesburg killed at least 10 people including two foreigners and targeted foreign-owned businesses.

Retaliatory attacks in Nigeria forced South African businesses to close for several days and South Africa temporarily closed its embassy on safety fears.