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NPA condemns hoodlums attack leading to one death at Lilypond Transit Park
The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has condemned unequivocally Thursday’s early morning invasion of the Lilypond Transit Truck Park by hoodlums who resisted the activities of the Lagos State Task force on environment who were on a mission to restore law and order on Port access roads and environment.
The hoodlums brandishing machetes, daggers and guns burnt down two NPA operational vehicles, one of which was attached to the Commissioner of Police in the Presidential Task Force on the decongestion of the Apapa traffic.
During the mayhem, one trucker unfortunately was caught in the quagmire and lost his life even as properties worth millions of were destroyed in the process.
A statement issued by the Authority said “Against this backdrop, NPA wishes to assure the general public that the situation has been brought under control and calls on all those doing business in the vicinity to go about their businesses without fear of molestation. Furthermore, management of the NPA reiterates that it will sustain the position of ensuring that it renders customer friendly services in a safe and secure environment.”
NPA also recalled that “Recently, the World Bank report said that Nigeria had moved 15 steps from 146 in the Ease of Doing Business index. There is therefore need for government to build on successes accomplished in this regard so far. All hands must therefore be on deck in order to sustain this momentum”.
According to the General Manager Security, Olumide Omotoso, “NPA Management has enjoined Port users and operatives to continue to be law abiding as the authority has placed adequate safety and security measures to safeguard lives and property in the Lilypond Transit Truck Terminal and its environs in Apapa.”