Twenty-eight South Africans were denied entry into Lagos – a tit for tat that has deepened the row between the two countries. South Africa last Friday deported 125 Nigerians from the Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johanesburg after denying them entry into the country for allegedly possessing fake yellow fever certificates. The Federal Government frowned at the action.
The 28 passengers flew into the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos aboard a South African Airways flight at about 9.30pm. They were expected to be deported last night or this morning. A source said: “The Federal Government decided to deny these 28 South Africans entry because of invalid documents and relevant health certificate clearance. “We are also deporting them back to South Africa. The Presidency has been notified of this action. “We will no longer overlook certain procedures which we have condoned in the spirit of African brotherhood.” Earlier yesterday, Nigeria had threatened to retaliate South Africa’s maltreatment of Nigerians.