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We’re ready, says  Air Peace

Domestic airline, Air Peace, says it is ready for the evacuation.

An official of the airline told The PUNCH on Tuesday that there had been no challenge with the planned evacuation.

“We do not have any challenge and  we have no issues for now. Our mission is to get the passengers out for free,” the official who spoke on condition of anonymity said.

He explained that the flight from Nigeria departed Lagos on Tuesday and would return on Wednesday (today) from 2pm, adding that the entire process would end by Thursday.

The Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, warned Nigerians scheduled for repatriation from South Africa to refrain from paying $1,000 or any amount of money for their flight.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, Onyema said the arrangement for Nigerians willing to return had not changed, adding that it remained free.

He said, “We have not designated or recruited any agent in South Africa to collect money on behalf of Air Peace. So, nobody should pay money to anyone.

“Any Nigerian who has paid money for repatriation to Nigeria with Air Peace should request for a refund and report to appropriate authorities.”

The airline had last week volunteered to send an aircraft to evacuate Nigerians, free of charge, from South Africa.

Onyema said the evacuation, which would be done with the airline’s Boeing 777, was a support for the Federal Government’s

The chairperson of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa has confirmed that 640 Nigerians have indicated interest to return to Nigeria from South Africa.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa made