My parents waiting to sell South African properties says 17-year-old returnee

No fewer than 100 Nigerians, who registered for evacuation from South Africa, have changed their minds.

The Punch gathered on Sunday that the 100 Nigerians preferred to stay back in South Africa.

Also on Sunday, a 17-year-old South African returnee, Ijeoma Maduagwu, described the possibility of returning to South Africa as a death wish.

Maduagwu said her parents put her younger siblings and her on the Air Peace flight that brought 315 Nigerians to Lagos on Wednesday.

According to her, her parents are looking for buyers for their properties before coming back to Nigeria.

It was learnt that as of Sunday, no fewer than 700 Nigerians were waiting for evacuation from South Africa.

A source, who confided in The Punch, said, “We cannot rule out the possibility that out of the 700, more will back out and prefer to stay back in South  Africa.”

One of our correspondents learnt that many Nigerians chose to stay back following the reduction in attacks on foreigners by South African youths.

The Punch had last week reported that 817 Nigerians were awaiting evacuation out of the 1,004 that were registered.

The Air Peace Airline had brought back 315 persons out of the 1,004 Nigerians who registered for evacuation last Wednesday, while the first flight returned to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, with 187 individuals out of the 317 scheduled for the first evacuation flight on September 11.

The shortfall was blamed on the documentation challenges faced by many of the returnees who did not possess valid Nigerian passports.

According to Punch, the Consul-General, Nigerian High Commission in South Africa, Mr Godwin Adama, said many people were still registering to leave South Africa. He, however, noted that the number was reducing. (Punch)

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