Airline owner offers to 'evacuate' Nigerians from SA

South Africa's financial capital Johannesburg and surrounding areas were rocked by a surge of deadly attacks against foreigners this week.

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LAGOS - The owner of a Nigerian airline has offered to airlift Nigerians from South Africa following a spate of xenophobic attacks on migrants there, the foreign ministry said.

The ministry said in a statement that Allen Onyema, the proprietor of Air Peace, had volunteered to send a plane "to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return to Nigeria free of charge" on Friday.

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It advised those interested in the offer to liaise with Nigeria embassy in South Africa to make the "necessary arrangement." 

Telephone calls to the embassy were not answered. Air Peace, the nation's largest commercial carrier, which operates on local and international routes, was not immediately available for comment.

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Seven people were killed and almost 300 arrested in three days of attacks on foreign-owned businesses in South Africa.

The wave of violence, which was concentrated in Johannesburg, ended after police stepped up security.


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