BREAKING: NLC, TUC Shutdown Abuja Airport, Passengers Stranded, Flights Cancelled

BREAKING: NLC, TUC Shutdown Abuja Airport, Passengers Stranded, Flights Cancelled

  • Travellers were forced to miss their flights on Thursday morning, November 9, when members of the organised Labour blocked the entrance to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Abuja
  • learnt that the protesters said they were enforcing the action following the recent maltreatment of NLC President, Joe Ajaero, allegedly by police operatives in Imo state
  • The members of the workers’ union had attempted to gain access to the airport, however, the security operatives at the checkpoint prevented them from entry, leading the protesters to block the entry and exit points of the airport journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9-year-experience covering current affairs in Nigeria

FCT, Abuja - Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) mobilised themselves for a protest at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International, Abuja, on Thursday, November 9.

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According to Vanguard newspaper, the organised labour gathered at the airport around 8:58 a.m. to enforce their directive to members working in the aviation sector to stop all flights to Owerri, Imo state.

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Aviation activities grounded in Abuja over assault on Joe Ajaero. Photo credit:@crownjustices
Source: Twitter

Ajaero: Protesters block entrance to Abuja Airport

The protest is part of a series of actions that the two labour unions say they will zero in on Imo state following the recent attack on the NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, Channels Television noted.

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The demonstrators' action caused heavy traffic of vehicles, thereby forcing travellers to make their way into the airport on foot.

Meanwhile, passengers are seen discussing the situation as some blame the Governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodimma for the action of labour following the attack on Ajaero.

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NLC, TUC summon ‘extraordinary’ NEC meeting

In a piece of related news, reported that the NLC and the TUC summoned an extraordinary National Executive Council (NEC) meeting to look at modalities of the planned strike following the brutalisation of Ajaero.

The national vice-president of the TUC, Tommy Etim, disclosed this on Tuesday, November 7.

Police arrest NLC's Ajaero in Imo

Meanwhile, reported that Ajaero was arrested at the NLC secretariat by the police in Owerri, Imo state, on Wednesday, November 1.

The head of media at the NLC headquarters, Benson Uper, who confirmed Ajaero’s arrest said, “President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Joe Ajaero was picked up a few minutes ago from NLC state council secretariat by heavily armed policemen in Owerri and taken to an unknown destination.”


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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at

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