By Davies Iheamnachor
PORT HARCOURT—Libyan returnees stranded at the reception centre of Port Harcourt International Airport, Omuagwa, Rivers State, staged a peaceful protest over the delay by their various state governments to evacuate them.
This came as the fifth batch of the returnees, 136 in number, arrived the airport yesterday at 1:10a.m.
It was learned that poor welfare at the camp had sparked the protest that almost caused panic, but for the swift intervention of security personnel deployed in the evacuation operation.
However, the Federal Government says its team sent to Libya to retrieve Nigerians in different parts of the North African country, are working tirelessly to free all victims.
Earlier in the week, some of the returnees, who are yet to be picked by their states’ officials, staged a protest.
Vanguard gathered that the fourth batch of the returnees, mainly from the South-West states, that are yet to be received by their state governments, allegedly staged the protest.
Meanwhile, National Emergency management Agency, NEMA, said the maximum time given to states to evacuate their returnees was 48 hours, but regretted some states had flouted the order.
Speaking while receiving the fifth batch of returnees, the Zonal Coordinator, NEMA, South-South region, Mr. Martins Ejike, confirmed that there was a demonstration in the camp, noting that it was related to welfare.
He disclosed that the protesters were not happy that they are still in camp while their co-returnees had been picked by their state governments.