Second Batch Of Nigerians From South Africa Arrive In Lagos

 

The second batch of Nigerians being evacuated from South Africa have arrived in Lagos.

The 314 returnees and the Head of Immigration and Consular Matters at Nigeria’s Consulate General in Johannesburg, Mr. Anthony Ogbe, had boarded the Air Peace flight and left South Africa around 3:00 pm on Wednesday.

They arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport around 7:20 pm and are currently waiting to be profiled by the immigration.


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Air Peace Flight Evacuating Nigerians From S.Africa Granted Landing Permit After Delay

About 319 Nigerians were initially billed to return on Tuesday in the wake of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

But their flight was delayed as a result of the airline not obtaining a landing permit on time.

Of the expected passengers, four were later dropped over documentation issues.

 

‘Won’t Go To Heaven With A Dime’

 

Prior to their return, a first batch of 187 Nigerians had been voluntarily evacuated and profiled according to their states.

Meanwhile, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the airline, Allen Onyema has been recognised for the gesture of using his aircraft to evacuate Nigerians for free.

The lawmakers invited Onyema to the Green Chamber where he was given a rousing welcome, as well as a standing ovation.

He was also recommended for a national award.

In his remarks, the Air Peace Chairman thanked the lawmakers for the honour, adding that his actions were spontaneous and he would do anything to evacuate even a single Nigerian.

“I did not do it spontaneously, nor did I do it for publicity, I had to mortgage my landing right in South Africa because I just got the landing right before the crisis.

“I did not give a damn, I never did, because I know that I will not go to heaven with any dime.

“I have never been so honoured in my life. You have brought tears to my eyes. I would not have been able to do this if the Federal Government did not allow me or assemble those people for me to evacuate,” he said.

I Never Expected Commendation Or Award, Onyema Tells Reps

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Air Peace airline, Allen Onyema on Wednesday told the House of Representatives that he never expected to receive a recommendation for a national award.

Onyema was invited to the green chambers and recommended for a national award, after he used his airline to freely evacuate Nigerians from South Africa, following the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners in the country.

In his remarks, the Air Peace boss thanked the lawmakers for the honour, adding that his actions were spontaneous and he would do anything to evacuate even a single Nigerian.

“I did not do it spontaneously, nor did I do it for publicity, I had to mortgage my landing right in South Africa because I just got the landing right before the crisis.

“I did not give a damn, I never did, because I know that I will not go to heaven with any dime.

“I have never been so honoured in my life. You have brought tears to my eyes. I would not have been able to do this if the federal government did not allow me or assemble those people for me to evacuate,” he said.

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Onyema had earlier told Channels Television in an interview that he is using his airline to freely evacuate Nigerians from South Africa because he wants the world to see Nigeria respected as a nation

Speaking further in the interview, he noted that evacuation of foreigners from another country isn’t a good sign for the affected nation involved.

On Wednesday last week, the Air Peace airline evacuated no fewer than 185 Nigerians who indicate interest to return home as a result of the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa.

Another set of about 319 people are expected to return to the country today but the trip earlier suffered a setback as a result of landing permit.

Having resolved the issue and secured the permit for the plane to land in Johannesburg, Onyema said the South African authorities gave the airline an arrival time.

He insisted that it was not the first time he was making a contribution to the nation’s development and highlighted his role in restoring peace to the Niger Delta in the heat of militancy in the region.

Air Peace Flight Evacuating Nigerians From S.Africa Granted Landing Permit After Delay

Air Peace Aircraft Collide At Lagos Airport

 

South African authorities have granted the Air Peace Flight B777, a landing permit after an initial delay.

Over 300 Nigerians were expected to return home today as part of the government’s efforts to evacuate Nigerians, in the wake of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

But according to the airline, they would be taking off later this evening as a result of the delay in obtaining a landing permit.

So far, 187 Nigerians have been successfully evacuated and profiled according to their states.

The Federal Government has also confirmed that none of the returnees are criminals and that issues of compensation for victims will be handled by the ministry of foreign affairs.

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Meanwhile, the Minister, Geoffery Onyeama says the xenophobic attacks will not be on the nation’s agenda at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

This according to him, is because he believes both Nigeria and South Africa should be able to sort out their differences privately.

Onyeama disclosed this on Tuesday at a media briefing on Nigeria’s participation at the 74th UNGA holding in New York.

The Minister further stated that the issues of non-renewal of work permits of Nigerians in South Africa and the reports around the cancellation of the residency of the returnees will be discussed by both President Muhammadu Buhari and Cyril Ramaphosa during their meeting on October 3.

Xenophobia: Next Batch Of Nigerians To Return On Tuesday

 

The next batch of Nigerians returning from South Africa is set for Tuesday.

The Air peace flight is expected to land at the OR Tambo in the morning for the evacuation.

The Federal Government had on Wednesday evacuated 187 Nigerians from South Africa following xenophobic attacks by its citizens on foreigners.

The first batch experienced delay in their flight because the South African officials insisted that some of the evacuated Nigerians did not have travel documents.

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The 187 returnees were the first batch of the 640 Nigerians, who registered for evacuation following the xenophobic attacks.

Meanwhile over the weekend, hundred of people, including South Africans, marched against xenophobia, this comes after  President Cyril Ramaphosa sent Special Envoys to Nigeria and seven other countries to reassure them South Africa remains committed to peace on the continent and the rule of law.

Channels Television also visited one of the guest houses where the voluntary evacuees are being accommodated ahead of their flight home.

We Didn’t Know CIIN Boss Was In South Africa Until She Died, Says Ambassador Bala

The Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador Kabiru Bala.

 

The Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador Kabiru Bala, has reacted to the death of the Deputy Director-General of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), Mrs Elizabeth Ndubusi-Chukwu in the country.

Bala, in an interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight regretted that the top insurance professional did not inform Nigeria’s Consulate of her presence in South Africa.

He noted that the move is necessary to ensure that the rights and citizens of Nigerians are well protected in the event of any danger.

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“The lady who died in that hotel in Johannesburg, the Deputy Director-General of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, sadly she came but we weren’t told that she was in town.

“We only got to know after the event that yes she came and died. Not only in South Africa, wherever you go, have we have an embassy.

“Where we do have embassies, try to locate them so that in case you have issues with authorities there, you have an embassy and it’s our duty to attend to you,” he said.

When asked on the crime rates of Nigerians in South Africa, the ambassador explained that the authorities were investigating some of the cases especially the report that about 10,000 Nigerians were languishing in prisons abroad.

Speaking further, he noted that based on the meeting he had with the South African Minister of International Relations Cooperation, the Nigerians arrested were majorly for drug-related offences.

“We had a meeting in April 1 and 5 and they made a presentation that really made me scared that all the major crimes – murder, drugs, sexual assault, trafficking, robbery, fraud and what have you.

“They gave the figures in a graph. And when I looked at the one relating to drugs, I saw very high figures. So I made an intervention that for us in Nigeria, we don’t condone crimes whether drug-related or any other offences. But they made it very clear that the one that worries them the most were that of drugs,” he said.

Killings: Nigerian Government Has Failed Citizens In South Africa – Mgbo

The Head, Secretariat of Nigerian Union South Africa (NUSA), Collins Mgbo, has accused the Federal Government of failing to address the continued xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

 

The Head, Secretariat of Nigerian Union South Africa (NUSA), Collins Mgbo, has accused the Federal Government of failing to address the continued xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

Mgbo, who spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, criticised the President Muhammadu Buhari administration of not protecting the citizens in the diaspora.

“I want to say this without mincing words that the Nigerian government has failed its citizens in the diaspora, especially in South Africa.

“The Nigerian Policy statement is that the responsibility of the missions abroad is to make sure that the interests of her citizens are protected. Unfortunately, that is not achieved,” he said.

According to Mgbo, he expected the Federal Government through the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa to engage the authorities urgently with a view to tackling the incessant killings of the citizens abroad.

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He regretted that the Nigerian envoys when interviewed by journalists do not condemn the unfortunate attacks.

Speaking further, Mgbo said: “Whenever we see them on the television or in radio granting interviews, they are not coming forward. And I don’t believe that if their children are involved in this inhumane treatment, I don’t think this is how they are going to treat it. So they have failed us.”

He therefore called on President Buhari to “sit up,” calling for a stakeholders meeting with the Nigerian groups in South Africa on the way forward.

When asked if the crisis will end anytime soon, he replied saying: “no,” stressing that both the South African and Nigerian government can fight the scourge of killings but “We haven’t seen any kind of political will.”

His remarks come two days after South African looters attacked foreign-owned businesses in central Johannesburg, a situation which affected many Nigerians.

This attack comes barely one week after a group of Nigerians staged a protest at the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital.

The protesters, mostly victims of xenophobic attacks in South Africa said they are angered by the recent massive looting of foreign-owned shops in the city by some South Africans.

 

FG Confirms Attack On Nigerian Businesses In South Africa, Vows To Take Decisive Measures

FILE PHOTO: A screenshot from the video during a visit by Nigeria High Commission officers to the scene of an attack on business owned by Nigerians in South Africa.  PHOTO: Channels TV

 

The Federal Government on Monday confirmed the attack on Nigerian businesses in South Africa.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama confirmed the incident in a tweet on his verified Twitter handle.

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Onyeama vowed that the Nigerian Government will take decisive measures in dealing with the matter.

He also described the news of the attack as ‘sickening and depressing.’

See his tweets below…

 

South African looters on Sunday night attacked foreign-owned businesses in central Johannesburg, a situation which affected many Nigerians.

The attack began to heat up in the early hours of Sunday, September 1, but it all turned violent in the later hours of Monday.

This attack comes barely one week after a group of Nigerians staged a protest at the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital.

The protesters, mostly victims of xenophobic attacks in South Africa said they are angered by the recent massive looting of foreign-owned shops in the city by some South Africans.

VIDEO: US Officials Arrest Nigerians Indicted For Internet Scam

 

A video has emerged online, showing some Nigerians indicted for internet scam being rounded up by officials of the United States government.

In the clip shared on Twitter by ABCNews on Friday, officials were seen arresting about a dozen people in Los Angeles.

This comes a day after US authorities announced charges against 80 people, most of them Nigerians, in a wide-ranging fraud and money laundering operation that netted millions of dollars from victims of internet con jobs.

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Federal prosecutors had unsealed dozens of indictments after 17 people were arrested and taken into custody in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the United States.

Most of the remainder of those indicted were believed to be in Nigeria, the US Justice Department said.

Watch the video posted by ABCNews below:

Over 6,000 Nigerians Under Crime Investigation In South Africa, Says High Commissioner

Nigeria High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador Kabir Bala

 

Nigeria’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador Kabir Bala, says over 6,000 Nigerians are being investigated for various crimes in the country.

Kabir revealed this on Wednesday while speaking to Channels Television at his office.

The envoy who explained that the crimes range from drug-related offences to murder, fraud and armed robbery noted that the statistics were from the South African Police Service.

“We have to look at it from a proper perspective so that we don’t tilt the balance. And then we overlook the fact that some of our nationals engage in things that are not legal here.

“We have 6, 089 of them having cases that are being concluded or investigated and some of them in prison, we have them,” he said.

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The diplomat, however, explained that the accused persons whether Nigerians or other nationals have the right to a fair trial, before being convicted if guilty in line with the laws.

His remark follows a meeting of the heads of Nigeria’s two missions in South Africa in Pretoria today, on the country’s crime statistics as it is related to Nigerian citizens.

Present were the Police Minister Bheki Cele and top police officials.

Bala who was accompanied by the Consul General Mister Godwin Adama to that meeting said the figures were quite shocking but they got to raise their issues of concern as well.

Xenophobic Attacks: We Need To Know The Outcome Of Investigations – Dabiri-Erewa

 

The Chairman, National Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, says it is high time the South African Authorities disclosed the outcome of their investigations into the killings of Nigerians in the country.

Speaking on Friday during her appearance on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, she lamented over the murder of yet another Nigerian in South Africa, Joseph Ajouna on Thursday.

According to Mrs Dabiri-Erewa, the crime rate in the country is very high and as a result, there are about 20,000 murders every year and in “Cape town alone, there used to be about 50 deaths a day” until the Military was brought in to curb the menace.

She also noted that while there are cases of Nigerians killing fellow Nigerians in South Africa, all cases should be properly investigated and the perpetrators must be brought to book.

“(In the case of) this guy that was killed yesterday, according to our Consul General, they are looking at a case of armed robbery which is very high in South Africa. The case of the other guy is also being investigated but what we are demanding as a nation is, when will the investigations end?

“For the first time, South Africa actually charged eight policemen to court but we want to know the outcome of the investigations.

“Mrs Elizabeth-Chukwu’s case has been upgraded to a very high profile case and we have a Brigadier-General actually being the one investigating the matter so you’re telling us that you’re not attacking us and that crime rate is high in your country, but let us know the result of these investigations,” she said.

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Mrs Dabiri-Erewa had earlier stated at a press briefing that the matter was reaching a tipping point and Nigerians are very angry, even as the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Daniel Akpan, had called for a clampdown on South African businesses in Nigeria.

She, however, reiterated on Friday that clamping down on South Africans or their businesses, was not a solution to the problem.

“It’s quite worrisome but the solution is not to close down their (South African) businesses here in Nigeria or go picketing and become violent”.

According to her, the first step would be to review the early warning signal that was put in place and also disclose the outcome of ongoing investigations.

She also noted that presidents of both countries would be meeting before the end of the year to discuss a decisive solution to the matter.

Buhari Vows To Create Jobs For Nigerians

Buhari Vows To Create Jobs For Nigerians
President Muhammadu Buhari meets with leadership of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) at the State House in Abuja on July 17, 2019.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration would leave no stone unturned in its bid to create jobs for Nigerians.

He stated this when he met with the leadership of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) on Wednesday at the State House in Abuja.

“Nigeria is a blessed country with abundant resources. We have all it takes locally to meet our most basic needs,” the President was quoted as saying in a statement by media adviser, Femi Adesina.

He added, “Our history of unnecessary importation of the most basic items meant we were exporting jobs to other countries at the expense of our own citizens. This administration is determined and taking steps to bring these jobs back to Nigeria.

“Our policies are simply designed for that. There is no doubt, the implementation of such policies will not be hitch-free. As you have pointed out, there are challenges in some areas that need to be addressed.

“I want to assure you that we are looking into these and other matters to ensure we have a sustainable platform for businesses to succeed.”

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The President explained that unnecessary importations into the country would be stopped in order to bring back jobs for Nigerians.

He insisted that his administration was focused on creating an enabling environment for Nigerian businesses to flourish by implementing various policies and programmes to support job creation.

President Buhari pointed out that the nation’s private sector has remained a platform for inclusive growth in the past four years.

According to him, his administration invested a lot of time and effort through the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council to improve the Ease of Doing Business.

The President added that they implemented various policies and programmes to support job creation in agriculture, mining and other key sectors.

On job creation, he said, “This journey is a long one that requires patience, understanding and perseverance. I would, therefore, encourage you to continue to engage government by providing honest and constructive feedback. Together, we can build a Nigeria that we will all be proud of.

“On our part as an administration, I assure you that we will continue to do our best to support you in your efforts as Employers of labour and vital institutions in our country.”

President Buhari thanked the group for the visit and the association for its contributions to the nation since inception in 1957.

How Kanu Stole The Show After Super Eagles Beat Bafana Bafana

 

Former captain of the Super Eagles, Nwankwo Kanu could not hold back from making a show of his joy over the victory of Nigeria in the quarterfinal game against South Africa. 

Just immediately after the referee blew the whistle, the former Arsenal and Inter Milan forward came down from the stands to show his support for the Super Eagles who defeated the Bafana Bafana by two goals to one.

In a short clip which Kanu shared on his official @papilokanu twitter page, the former Ajax striker could be seen cheering supporters at the Cairo International Stadium, with the fans chanting ‘Papilo! Papilo!!’.

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Below is the now viral video in which Kanu stole the show from the Super Eagles game on Wednesday.

Other Nigerian fans in Cairo were not left out of the show as some took to the streets singing and dancing in jubilation. On leaving the stadium, the Super Eagles were given a warm goodbye for their heroic performance, below is what it looked like.