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More protests at Port Hartcourt airport

19 July 2013, 07:35Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Port Harcourt International Airport was the scene of protests as thousands of youth demonstrated in solidarity with beleaguered Rivers State governor, Rotimi Ameachi.

Youth numbering about 5 000, under the auspices of the Ikwerre Youth Movement (IYM), gathered at the airport to shield Amaechi from "further humiliation" following the demonstrations last weekend.

Innocent Amadi, leader of the Group, said in a statement, that the youth stood behind the governor despite his suspension from the ruling People's Democratic Party recently.

"IYM is against the embarrassment of the governor, which is the reason why youths of Ikwerre, Etche, Obio/Akpor have stormed the airport to demonstrate.”

"We do not want anybody coming to the airport to use it as a waylay point to embarrass the Governor," he said.

Although police quickly moved in to control the youths, it was not clear if the Governor was passing through the airport.

Last weekend, there were violent scenes at the airport as a mob stoned the convoy guarding Ameachi and four Northern Governors who visited him.

The scenes were roundly condemned.

Ameachi, the outspoken Rivers State premier, has been suspended from PDP for opposing President Goodluck Jonathan's plans for re-election in 2015.

- CAJ News


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