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Hundreds of Nigerians to take free evacuation from South Africa

ABUJA: At least 640 Nigerians have signed up to take free flights home from South Africa after xenophobic attacks on foreigners, a spokeswoman for Nigeria’s president said on Tuesday. The flare-up in violence directed against mainly African foreigners has been widely condemned by South Africa’s neighbours and has caused a diplomatic dispute between Nigeria and South Africa, the continent’s top two economies. Private Nigerian airline Air Peace plans to operate two flights with Boeing 777 aircraft, the first leaving Lagos late on Tuesday to return on Wednesday with evacuees. The plane can carry about 300 passengers. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday called for the immediate voluntary evacuation of all Nigerians wanting to return home. (Reuters)

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