Just In: South African Police Arrest Nigerians At Airport

There are indicated that some Nigerians who were billed for evacuation from South Africa have been arrested at the Oliver Rambo International Airport, Johannesburg.
 A source close to the Nigerian High Commission in Johannesburg told our correspondent that out of the anticipated 320 Nigerians scheduled to depart on Wednesday, only 182 of them were cleared to return by the South African Immigration Authority.
We learnt that others were being re-profiled by the authority.
A source close to the mission alleged that the South Africa Immigration service rearrested some of the Nigerians, demanding papers and accused them of travelling without the right documents.
Air Peace flight, which left Nigeria 11:30 pm yesterday arrived OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg about 4:00 am and Nigerians have turned up for the airlift.
The Nigerian High Commission had prepared travel documents for the Nigerian but Immigration wanted to know how the Nigerians came into the country and began to arrest them, the official disclosed.
“South Africa is frustrating Nigeria. The Air Peace aircraft has been there since 4:00 am. Their Immigration started giving our High Commission problems. They said some Nigerians didn’t have papers. Immigration is arresting them, asking them to explain how they came to South Africa.
“About five minutes ago only 182 Nigerians were allowed to board the flight; they rest are being barred by South Africa Immigration. They are frustrating the Nigerian High Commission, taking the passengers away. They want to frustrate the airline and the Nigerian government. The aircraft has on, burning fuel since 4:00 am. They are not happy that Nigeria is evacuating its citizens. They don’t want the world to know that a Nigerian airline and Nigerian government is evacuating them.
“Our high Commission is having tough time with South African government. They are stopping and arresting Nigerians, saying they should explain how they came into the country,” the official said.
Air Peace said the evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa would cost the airline about N300 million, which include the payment of passenger service charge, aeronautical and other charges in addition to the cost of operations.