The management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said a total of 27 vehicles, including cars, utility vehicles, pick up vans and staff buses were set on fire, while 33 other vehicles, twenty-two of which belonged to members of staff were vandalised.
It further stated that a Toyota Prado SUV, a Bajaj Motorcycle and one Hilux patrol van were also stolen from the premises.
In a statement, the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications Jatto A. Adams, said the management of the authority regretted the attack on its 26/28 Marina Road, Lagos, corporate headquarters and the Tincan Island Port by unknown persons on Tuesday, October 20th and Wednesday October 21st, 2020.
He said the attack on the Tincan Island Port commenced at 9:45am on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020.
Adams added that 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 effort of officers of the port authority police, the police mobile force and the Nigerian Customs Service to repel the attack.
He explained that the attackers at the headquarters, numbering over 300 persons, gained access into the premises at 8:42 am 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.
“Upon knowledge of the attack, officers of the Nigerian Armed Forces were invited and deployed to 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.
“After an assessment of the extent of damage, it was discovered 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,” Adams said.
He further stated that all assets of the Authority were comprehensively insured, and insurers were currently undergoing an assessment of the damage.
He said the Management of the Authority was particularly grateful that no life was lost in this sad incident.
“This is in spite of the fact that 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,” Adams said.
He assured all stakeholders and the general public that the situation had not affected operations of the Authority in anyway as they had continued to render services unhindered.