The Federal Government has called on state governors whose citizens were among the first batch of 187 Nigerians that were evacuated from South Africa to take responsibility for their reintegration into the country.
The Chairman of the Nigerian in the Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, while giving updates on the returnees at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, stressed that they were not criminals.
She said the returnees included 30 children and a widow with four children, adding that Ogun State had the highest number of 30 persons, followed by Imo with 28 and Oyo 23, while Kogi and Benue had the least number of one person each.
Others are Abia, 7; Anambra, 13; Benue, 1; Ebonyi, 2; Edo, 13; Ekiti, 6; and Enugu 7.
The rest are Kwara, 3; Lagos, 7; Osun 6, Ondo 6 and Delta 15.
Dabiri-Erewa said, “We have profiled them according to their states and we expect the governors to take responsibility for their citizens that have returned.
“Those who returned are not criminals, they are hardworking Nigerians and have lost everything they have ever worked for in South Africa.
“Their only crime is being black and being Nigerians. We have fathers separated