Ajaero’s ordeal: Flights cancelled, passengers stranded as NLC shuts down Abuja airport

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Several passengers have been left stranded at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

This comes as members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) make good on their threat to impede all flights billed for Owerri, the Imo state capital.

The unions had declared a nationwide industrial action last week after Joe Ajaero, president of the NLC, was assaulted and brutalised in Imo.

Labour had restated that Hope Uzodinma, governor of Imo, and the police command in the state, were responsible for Ajaero’s ordeal.

The governor and the police have denied their involvement.

On Wednesday, aviation unions directed their workers to withdraw services to all Owerri flights from all airports in Nigeria in line with the directive from organised labour.

The statement was issued by the National Union Of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP), and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots And Engineers (NAAPE).

At the time of reporting, NLC and TUC protesters have blocked entry and exits of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

Several passengers billed to fly from the airport today can be seen milling around the facility or walking away in droves.