Red Cross workers turned back at Port Harcourt airport

There  were indications on Thurday that two workers of the Nigeria Red Cross, who were flown into the Port Harcourt International Airport on Wednesday returned to Abuja without getting to their destination.It was gathered that the Red Cross workers were traveling to their office through a private arrangement but could not get approval from the Rivers State Government to move from the airport to their office.

An airport official told our correspondent that the aircraft with the two Red Cross workers landed at about 4.30pm, while they (workers) waited for about two hours to get approval to move into the city.

The airport official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the aircraft flew the Red Cross employees back to Abuja when it became clear that the approval would not come.

The source said, “They (Red Cross workers) came in on Wednesday. They have their own aircraft and their plane landed between 4.30 and 5pm.

“They have office here (Port Harcourt). Their coming has nothing to do with the coronavirus pandemic.”

Another source, who spoke to The PUNCH, said, “Some humanitarian aid workers (Red Cross staff) secured permission to land at Port Harcourt International Airport and they did land without any stress.

“Unfortunately, the aid workers were denied entry into Port Harcourt City and they returned to Abuja with the same aircraft.”

When contacted, the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr Paulinus Nsirim, said he was not aware of the incident at the airport.

Credit: The Punch