Xenophobia: Abike Dabiri welcomes first 187 Nigerians from South Africa

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The first batch of 187 Nigerians returning from South Africa have arrived safely in Nigeria and were welcomed by Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission.

187 of the Nigerians trapped by xenophobia attacks in South Africa have arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport following the xenophobic attacks by nationals of the country.

The Cable reports that the returnees were at the airport at 9.35 pm on Wednesday, September 11, on-board an Air Peace flight.

According to TheNation, the returnees who expressed mixed emotions on their return, burst into tears as they alighted from the Air Peace Boeing 777 aircraft that flew them into Lagos.

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They expressed their bitter experiences in the hands of South Africans. Mrs Dabiri informed returnees that the government had made available to them N40,000 recharge card to enable them communicate with their family members.

In appreciation of the gestures from the government, the returnees rose in euphoria to sing the national anthem.

Dabiri-Erewa said a total of 187 Nigerians were evacuated from South Africa as at Wednesday, September 11.

Also, officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were on ground as the flight touched down the tarmac.

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