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300 hoodlums invaded NPA headquarters, destroyed 60 vehicles – MD

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  • Stole Toyota Prado SUV, Hilux patrol van
  • Burnt 27 vehicles, vandalised 33 others

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman, has disclosed that those who attacked the corporate headquarters of the agency in Lagos recently were about 300 hoodlums and they destroyed 60 vehicles.

She said the hoodlums who forced their way into her office, were bent on grounding port operations at Tin-Can, Apapa and Calabar seaports as they vandalised some facilities before setting fire to 27 vehicles and a section of the NPA building.

She spoke in Lagos after conducting some journalists round some of the areas torched by the rampaging urchins.

Usman said, “The NPA regrets the attack on its 26/28 Marina Road, Lagos, corporate headquarters and the Tin can Island Port by unknown persons on Wednesday October 21st and Tuesday October 20th, 2020 respectively.

“The attack on the Tin can Island Port commenced at 9:45am on Tuesday October 20th 2020. The hoodlums made an attempt to forcefully gain access into the port, attacked the administrative building and set ablaze a truck which was evacuating cargo. It took the combined efforts of officers of the port authority police, the police mobile force and the Nigerian Customs Service to repel the attack.

“The attackers at the headquarters numbering over 300 persons, gained access into the premises at 8:42am on Wednesday October 21st 2020 from the outer Broad Street wing brandishing daggers, sticks and cutlasses.

“After attacking, disarming and chasing the security personnel on duty out of the headquarters premises, the attackers proceeded to burn and vandalise several vehicles belonging to the Authority and some members of staff. They thereafter set a wing of the office building on fire.”

The NPA MD said after the dust had settled, it was discovered that the invaders also went away with a Toyota Prado SUV and a Hilux patrol van

An assessment of the extent of damage, she also said, showed that apart from the annex wing that was burnt, many offices were vandalised, while computers, printers, water dispensers and other electronic devices were looted.

“A total of twenty-seven (27) vehicles, including cars, utility vehicles, pick up vans and staff buses were set on fire, while thirty-three (33) other vehicles, twenty-two of which belong to members of staff were vandalised. A Toyota Prado SUV, a Bajaj Motorcycle and one Hilux patrol van were also stolen from the premises.”

She however stated that the Nigerian military invited to save the situation, successfully dispersed the hoodlums and reclaimed possession of the premises as well as secured other port facilities.

“Upon knowledge of the attack, officers of the Nigerian Armed Forces were invited and deployed on the premises. They successfully dispersed the hoodlums and reclaimed possession of the premises following which the authority’s firemen were able to gain access into the building and put out the raging fire.”

She, however, declared that the situation had not in any way affected operations of the authority, adding, “We have continued to render our services unhindered.”

She recalled that the hoodlums had earlier threatened to burn down the Tin-Can Island and Apapa port before they were repelled by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service and mobile police officers.

Usman said the NPA would not have to suffer much of the huge loss as “all assets of the authority are comprehensively insured, and insurers are currently undergoing an assessment of the damages.”

She expressed gratitude to those who quickly responded to the issue and was happy that no life was lost especially because “some members of staff who were on critical duties were in the building at the time of the attack.”

“The authority recognises the gallantry of men of the Nigerian Armed Forces and our firemen whose intervention restored normalcy. We also appreciate the concerns of all stakeholders and citizens who have reached out with kind words of support and encouragement,” she said.

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Kanu not in court, case adjourned till Oct 21

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Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, will remain in detention till October 21, 2021.
He was due to be in court on Monday but the Federal Government did not arraign him.
Kanu, who was reportedly arrested in Kenya last month, has been in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday adjourned the case till October 21, 2021, over the failure of the Federal Government to arraign him.

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Insecurity made FG to retain DIGs, AIGs, says minister

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The Federal Government on Monday explained why it retained some Deputy Inspectors-General of Police and Assistant Inspectors-General of Police after the appointment of Usman Baba Alkali as Inspector-General of Police.
Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, said the high level of insecurity made the government to retain the senior police officers.
He stated this during the decoration of 24 newly promoted Commissioners of Police to AIGs.
No senior police officer with the rank of AIG or DIG went on compulsory leave when Baba was appointed IGP.
Dingyadi stressed that was the first time of such development in recent history of the Nigerian Police Force.
He said, “The government deliberately took this position to have many hands in the force. With this action, the Police Force has retained experienced professionals that would contribute towards sustaining the relative peace of the country.”
The minister added that the criteria for the appointment of the new AIGs were purely on merit, professional conduct, and individual performance, urging the newly appointed AIGs to redouble their efforts to curb insecurity.
He reiterated that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Salaries and Wages Commission to come out with new salary structure.
He said, “To whom much is given, much is expected. Officers should re-double their effort in the fight against insecurity which had bedeviled the country today. A lot is expected of you in contributing your quota towards the sustainability of peace and unity in the country.”

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Four more Kaduna school students escape from bandits captivity

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Three students of Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna, have escaped from their captors.
They escaped from the camp on Monday where they were kept since July 19, 2021.
An aunt to one of the students, who craved anonymity confirmed this on Monday.
According to her, the teenagers had spent five days roaming inside the forest before they finally met another herder who directed them out of the forest.
It was also gathered that one of the escaped students who could recall his father’s phone number borrowed a phone to call home before his father went to pick them up.
“The children were found around Kasuwar Magani on Sunday evening hours after 28 students of the school were released by the bandits. It was the school management that called my in-law to inform us,” she said.
Two other students had escaped from the camps before they were recovered by the police.

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