Don’t Pay Money To Anybody For Evacuation, Air Peace Warns Nigerians In S/Africa
…Insists Offer Is Free Of Charge
Nigeria’s major carrier, Air Peace has advised Nigerians living in South Africa, who are willing to come home not to pay money to anybody or organisation to be evacuated to Nigeria, as the offer made by the airline is Free of Charge (FOC)
The advice is coming on the heels of allegation that scammers have started collecting $1000 from unsuspecting Nigerians in South Africa for their evacuation back to the country.
The airline in a statement stated that it was offering a free flight to Nigerians, who wish to return home and urged them not to pay money to anybody.
A Nigerian living in South Africa had sent mail to the airline requesting to confirm whether the flight is free because some people were already collecting money for the flight.
The mail that was sent by a Nigerian resident in South Africa, Fred Okeke reads, “We heard that you are donating the flight for free evacuation from South Africa to Nigeria, but it is very unfortunate to hear that they are asking the affected victims to pay the sum of $1000 as registration to be eligible to benefit from the fight. So I want to bring it to your notice.”
Reacting to the incident, Air Peace Chairman, Allen Onyema said, “We are offering free trip to Nigerians in South Africa to return home after going through the traumatic experience of the attacks. Air Peace has said this is free and we are doing it in solidarity with the federal government.
We have not designated or recruited any agent in South African 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 back to Nigeria with Air Peace should request for a refund and report to appropriate authorities.”