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More and more innocent Nigerians who are victims of the Xenophobic attacks in South Africa has indicated interest in leaving the former Apartheid enclave, numbering more than 640 currently with many more to join soon.
Confirming this, Chairperson of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa made the disclosure while fielding questions from journalist on Monday September 9, She revealed that two aircrafts were already on ground to help in evacuating Nigerians back to Nigeria, adding that the Nigerian government is working to get Nigerians affected due to the attacks to get compensated by the South African government.
NIDCOM boss disclosed that investigation is still on going into the circumstances that led to the murder of the Deputy Director-General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, Mrs Elizabeth Chukwu, who was killed in South Africa, adding that the federal government is expecting the report of the investigation.
Abike-Erewa also said that several arrests has been made in efforts by the South African government to brake the attacks against foreigners in that country, stating that eight policemen have been charged for their involvement in killing of Nigerians in South Africa and four more have been arrested.
“As I speak with you now, we have 640 Nigerians voluntarily registered to come home and they will be home in a couple of days and we believe that more will still be coming to register,” she said.
“Two planes will convey them. the envoy will be briefing the president. When we receive the first two batches, we will know how many more will come. With the envoy’s briefing to the president, we will be having everything in place.
“They went on their own and have volunteered to come back. They belong to states as well but on the part of the federal government, we have the GEEP programme that we encourage them to enrol in, small scale entrepreneurial programme with the Bank of Industry, Special Intervention Programme also.
“In the meantime, we continue to demand compensation for Nigerians that have been attacked in South Africa.”