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Reason Why Canada Denied Air Peace From Evacuating Nigerians From The Country – Foreign Affairs Minister

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Nigeria Minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has explained why the planned evacuation Nigerians from Canada has delayed.

There has been reports that an Air Peace flight scheduled to evacuate 200 Nigerians from Canada on Thursday, May 14.

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However,  a statement on Wednesday by the airline says, the flight had been canceled.

“The management of Air Peace wishes to announce that its evacuation flight to Canada previously scheduled for May 14, 2020, has been postponed due to logistics issues as communicated to the airline by the Nigerian High Commission in Canada,” the statement by Air Peace read.

“Once the issues are resolved with the Canadian authorities and a new date is issued by the High Commission, we shall duly communicate the same to the public.”

Clarifying issues surrounding the postponement of the flight on Thursday, Onyeama, said the airline was denied landing rights by the Canadian authorities.

“This is the case indeed that the Canadian government denied landing rights on the grounds that this particular Nigerian carrier did not have license to undertake commercial flights to that country and was not known to that country for commercial flights,” he said.

“Our high commissioner in Canada is engaging with the Canadian government on this issue and we’re hopeful that we can have the decision reversed.”

“The argument that he’s putting forward, which is a strong argument, is that this is not a regular commercial flight to Canada to take passengers, but that this is an emergency flight and that there is a difference between the two. So, the negotiations are ongoing and we are hopeful that there will be a positive result,” he added.

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