Xenophobic Attacks: Second batch of 315 Nigerians return from South Africa

A second batch of 315 Nigerians returned from South Africa on Wednesday evening.

The returnees arrived on an Air Peace flight at the Murtala Muhammed International airport, Lagos, at about 7:21 p.m.

Details of the flight were contained in a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The latest returnees join the 178 Nigerians who also returned voluntarily from South Africa last week. They were also airlifted by Air Peace.

Air Peace Commended

Earlier on Wednesday, Allen Onyema, chairman of Air Peace was honoured by the House of Representatives for the prompt evacuation of the victims of the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa .

Onyema, who was admitted into the Special plenary session in his honour, was accorded a standing ovation by the members of the Green Chamber.

Speaking during the session, House Speaker, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, stated that the House will make a case to the Federal Government to confer on Chief Onyema, a national honour for his outstanding and patriotic attitude during the unfortunate incident.

Addressing the session, Onyema commended the lawmakers for the honour done him, saying “you brought tears into my eyes, as I have never been honoured in this way in my life.”

Onyema, however, pleaded with the Federal Government to look critically into the plights of those Nigerians who lost their lives and property during the incident.

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