NIGERIA, SOUTH AFRICA TO ISSUE 10-YR VISAS TO ACADEMICS, BUSINESSMEN

Following successful conclusion of the 9th Bi-National Commission of South Africa and Nigeria meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, which was elevated to the level of heads of state, both countries have agreed on issuing 10-year visas to businessmen, academics and frequent travelers. The agreement was reached in a meeting co-chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, which was the first time both presidents will preside since the Bi-National Commission was elevated. The decision was taken to encourage more people-to-people contacts among citizens of both countries…

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XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS: SEE WHAT BUHARI TOLD SOUTH AFRICANS, NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Pretoria, South Africa, called for more tolerance, vigilance and heightened security in countries to ensure safety of citizens, noting that competition heralded by globalization, especially with ease in migration, will only get more intense for businesses. Responding to questions during a press conference at the Union Building, alongside his host, President Cyril Ramaphosa, the President said authorities should be more pro-active in detecting early signals of violence between competitors, while migrants and companies should adhere to the local laws of countries. “Police must be on…

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SOUTH AFRICSN VISIT: WHAT BUHARI TOLD CYRIL RAMAPHOSA, SEE PICS

Brotherly handshake: Buhari and Ramaphosa after frank talk Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday began a visit to South Africa and minced no words when he condemned in the strongest terms the attack on Nigerians and other Africans in the country, and called for implementation of measures meant for the prevention of such incidents. He also called for the protection of foreigners. Buhari is visiting South Africa weeks after xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg stirred tension between Nigeria and South Africa, Africa’s leading economies. On Thursday, Buhari and his host Cyril…

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817 NIGERIANS AWAITING EVACUATION IN SOUTH AFRICA- FG

No fewer than 817 Nigerians had yet to be evacuated from South Africa as of Tuesday. The Federal Government had on Wednesday last week evacuated 187 Nigerians from South Africa following xenophobic attacks on them and other Africans. On Tuesday, the Consul-General, Nigerian High Commission in South Africa, Godwin Adama, in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents, said the number of those who had registered for evacuation had increased to 1,004. Last week, the Federal Government had said 604 registered for evacuation. No fewer than 320 were supposed…

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ANOTHER BATCH OF 319 NIGERIANS RETURN FROM SOUTH AFRICA

A second batch of 319 Nigerians returned from South Africa on Wednesday evening. The returnees arrived on an Air Peace flight at the Murtala Muhammed International airport, Lagos, at about 7:21 p.m. Details of the flight were contained in a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The latest returnees join the 178 Nigerians who also returned voluntarily from South Africa last week. They were also airlifted by Air Peace. Air Peace Commended Earlier on Wednesday, Allen Onyema, chairman of Air Peace, was commended by Nigerian lawmakers at their plenary.…

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XENOPHOBIA: EVACUATION FLIGHT FOR RETURNING NIGERIANS DELAYED

By Chinedu Eze It has been confirmed that the flight billed to airlift Nigerians from South Africa has been delayed because authorities at the OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg are yet to give permit to the airline for the flight. The flight was billed to take off at 1:00am early Tuesday and arrive Johannesburg at 7:00 am. The flight was also planned to leave the OR Tambo International Airport Johannesburg at 12:00 pm for Nigeria, to arrive the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos by 7:00 pm. But with this…

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XENOPHOBIA: OGUN, IMO TOP RETURNEES LIST

Second batch arrive Tuesday Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The federal government on Monday revealed that Ogun and Imo States had the highest number of returnees who were evacuated from South Africa last week. It added that in the profiling of the 187 already in the country according to States, Ogun had the highest number with 30 followed by Imo with 28. The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed this at a press conference while giving an update on the evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa. Air Peace…

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SOUTH AFRICAN LOOTERS TURN TO PAKISTAN SHOPS, LOOT MANY

Days after stealing and vandalising some of the Nigerians stores and properties in South Africa, South Africans move towards the Pakistanis by looting their shops. Watch the video below https://misspetitenaijablog.com/2019/09/12/xenophobia-south-africans-launch-attack-on-pakistanis-loot-their-shops-video/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neNR_ivcoUk 2 Shar

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SOUTH AFRICA FRUSTRATES RETURN OF NIGERIANS, HOLD BACK MANY, CANCELS VISAS FOR RETURNEES

Adelani Adepegba, Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi and Anna Okon The number of Nigerians that made it back to Nigeria drastically reduced following moves by the South African government to frustrate the evacuation efforts. Only about 187 adults and children were successfully evacuated on Wednesday as against the 320 Nigerians expected back home. The flight arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at 9.43pm. One of the returnees, Uche Victor, told journalists that he left his wife who he said was a Cameronian and a young daughter behind. He said, “I’m bleeding because…

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SOUTH AFRICA DEPORTS 10,000 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

South Africa Department of Home Affairs, on Wednesday, said that more than 10,000 illegal migrants have been deported from South Africa in the first six months of 2019. Home Affairs Minister spokesman Siya Qoza said it was clamping down on illegal migration and that plans were in place to secure the country’s porous borders. “These deportations happen regularly, following the prescribed legal processes”, Xinhua quoted him as saying. “In the same period we have charged 1,048 employers for breaching immigration laws and more than half of these were in Gauteng.…

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