Super Eagles China based attacker, Odion Ighalo fortunately missed a tale of unforeseen experience at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), on Wednesday, in Lagos State.
The Eagles striker who was heading for the national team camp in Uyo ahead of the Saturday’s AFCON Clash with Libya narrowly escaped a protest plotted by labour union yesterday over the sack of some workers at the airport.
Hundreds of traveling passengers at the airport were left stranded as the labour union in the aviation sector, picketed the terminal in an activity that lasted for hours and caused the delay that could have been prevented .
The MMA2 is operated by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL). The picketing of the airport was carried out by the following unions: the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE).
Ighalo flew to join other teammates in Uyo from Lagos and touched down at Akwa Ibom Airport around 1pm on Wednesday, as he ‘miraculously’ escaped the protest by airline workers which started just few minutes he left the departure wing of the airport.
The unions had earlier, this week, given notice that they would disrupt operations at MMA2 as from Wednesday October 10, 2018 over the sack of some workers of BASL who they said were disengaged for opting to join unions in the industry even as BASL alleged that some of the sacked workers had attained retirement age while others were found not to be diligent in their duties.
The Eagles roll call at the camp was complete with the arrival of Ighalo and Lokomotiv Moscow of Russia defender, Bryan Idowu who arrived at the camp few minutes after Ighalo checked in. Idowu flew in to Abuja from Moscow before connecting a flight to the Akwa Ibom State capital. He was not affected with the Lagos protest.
Ighalo, who has often been pilloried for poor form with Nigeria, has hit 13 goals in 14 league matches for his club, and will now seek another with the Eagles, for whom he scored a penalty during the 3-0 win away to Seychelles in the last match of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers.
The Locomotive defender who arrived on time to join the Eagles training at the evening will be aiming for his first Nigeria cap in a home game on Saturday.