News broke out yesterday that some persons are demanding money from Nigerians scheduled to be returned back from South Africa by Air Peace.
The chairman of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, revealed this incident while briefing newsmen in Abuja, asking Nigerians in South Africa to ignore anyone asking them to pay $1000 before they can access the Air Peace flight.
The News Agency of Nigeria said Onyema reiterated that the returnees’ flight expenses back home was on Air Peace, urging them to guard against unauthorized persons reportedly collecting $1,000 from them, adding that no returnee should pay for the flight.
“We have not designated or recruited any agent in South Africa to collect money on behalf of Air Peace.
“So, nobody should pay money to anyone or group of persons posing as Air Peace agent or staff.
“Any Nigerian who has paid money for repatriation to Nigeria with Air Peace should request for a refund and report to appropriate authorities,” he said.
Air Peace had, last week, volunteered to send an aircraft to evacuate, free of charge, Nigerians who wish to return home.
“Air Peace is willing to support the Nigerian Government’s efforts in this matter by deploying our B777 aircraft to evacuate Nigerians back home,” Onyema had said.
He said the airline was particularly concerned about the safety of Nigerians in South Africans following the attacks.
The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had also pledged the Federal Government’s support to any Nigerian that wanted to return home.
Dabiri-Erewa said this after a closed-door meeting with the Senate Committee on Diaspora and Non-Governmental Organisations in Abuja.
She said that the returnees would be encouraged to enroll and participate in the various social intervention programs of the government.
“We will encourage them to enroll in small scale entrepreneurial programs with the Bank of Industry under the social investment program.
“So, these are things that they can do,” she said.