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Abuja airport records heavy passenger movement

27 March 2015, 11:46Sumaila Ogbaje

Abuja - The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Thursday experienced heavy flow of passengers at both the domestic and international wings ahead of the 2015 Presidential Election holding on Saturday.

The traffic was mainly at the departure halls of the airport with many passengers hustling for available flights to enable them to travel home to vote.

Henrietta Yakubu, Head of the Corporate Communications Department, FAAN, said that the heavy traffic at the airport was unusual and could be attributed to Saturday’s election.

She said the airport had been experiencing heavy traffic flow since Wednesday, adding that it would continue till Friday.

Yakubu, however, said that there were no incidents of flight delay or cancellation as most them were on schedule and fully booked.

“The traffic has been heavy since yesterday and I believe that it is because of the election on Saturday.

"We expect the traffic to continue into Friday night," she said.

A passenger, Ikenna Nweze, revealed that he came into Abuja for a business and that he was travelling back to Port Harcourt where he resides.

He, however said that his decision to travel on Thursday had nothing to do with Saturday’s presidential election.

“I came into Abuja some days back from Port Harcourt for a business and I am going back because I have finished with what I came for.

“My travelling has nothing to do with the election,’’ he said.

Abdullahi Umar, another businessman, said he was travelling to Kano where he registered to cast his vote on Saturday.

Similarly, Mrs Jennifer Olatunji, a business woman, told NAN that she was travelling to Ibadan where to be able to exercise her franchise on Saturday.

"I am travelling to Ibadan where I registered to exercise my civic responsibility come Saturday and to also spend sometime with my family there."

Ben Atuse said he was travelling to Lagos for his personal business, adding that he would return to Abuja on Friday to exercise his civic responsibility on Saturday.

However, another passenger, Mrs Maureen Osuagwu, said she was travelling to Enugu to be with her family.

She said she was afraid of the "prevailing uncertainty''.

"There is so much tension over this election; so I decided to go and observe the situation from my home," she said.


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