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Passengers Stranded As Protest By Ipo Community Women Disrupts Flights Operations At Port Harcourt Airport

There was a protest by Ipo  women Omagwa where the Port Harcourt International Airport is located and  blocked the entrance gate with Omu and cooking pot and this affected flight schedule as  passengers who had early morning flights were not allowed in or out of the airport, since the protesters did not allow both vehicles and individuals to pass through the gate, starting at 6:30am

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women from Ipo which is one of the host communities of the airport, blocked the gate at the airport roundabout, waving placards, singing, wailing, and even cooking at the gate

Some of the inscriptions on their banner include, ‘We Demand Our Citizens Rights’, ‘Ipo Women Peaceful Protest’, among others.

As of the time of filing this report, their actions had caused a buildup of traffic as passengers could not access the airport.

This is the second time this year that the women are protesting. It would be recalled that they protested on March 27 this year, but were pacified by the former Chairman of the Rivers Traditional Rulers Council, Sergeant Awuse.

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The development comes as the Rivers State Police Command, yesterday, warned against planned protests by the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, (NULGE).

In a statement released on Sunday night, police spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, said the police are aware of the protest.

 

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