Xenophobia: Ogun indigenes dominate returnees from South Africa

Indigenes of Ogun State, South West Nigeria, reportedly dominate the number of Nigerians returning from South Africa over the recent xenophobic attacks on foreigners in the country

Ogun State has 30 out of the 187 returnees evacuated from South Africa last week, while Imo came second with 28 indigenes.

Xenophobia: Ogun indigenes dominate returnees from South Africa

This came out from the profiling of the returnees, escaping from xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

The profile showed that the first batch of the 187 returnees are from 16 states of the federation.

Chairman of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja yesterday.

She appealed to state governments to support the returnees. Already, letters of appeal have been sent to the states to solicit for their interventions, Dabiri-Erewa said.

Bank of Industry (BOI) and some telecommunication companies have also provided some support.

NIDCOM boss who gave an update on the returnees at a press conference on Tuesday said that among the returnees were over 30 children and a widow who has four children, PM News reports.

Abike also revealed that Kogi and Benue have one returnee each, Abia – 7, Anambra 13, Delta 15, Ebonyi 2, Edo 13, Ekiti 6 and Enugu 7, Kwara 3, Lagos 7, Osun 6, Ondo 6 and Oyo 23.

She said that her commission was already communicating with every state listed.

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