The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, has said that all its facilities burnt and vandalized during the EndSARS protests are fully insured and its insurers are currently working on claims payment.
The management of NPA revealed this while giving graphic descriptions of how the NPA complex was invaded.
According to the Authority’s General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Jatto A Adams, the management regrets the attack on its 26/28 Marina Road, Lagos, corporate headquarters, and the Tincan Island Port by unknown persons on Wednesday, October 21st and Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 respectively.
The attack on the Tincan Island Port commenced at 9:45 am on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020, said, Adams.
According to Adams statement, 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.
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 vandalize 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 vandalized, 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 vandalized. A Toyota Prado SUV, a Bajaj Motorcycle, and one Hilux patrol van were also stolen from the premises.
All assets of the Authority are comprehensively insured, and insurers are currently undergoing an assessment of the damages.
The Management of the Authority was particularly grateful that no life was lost in this sad incident, 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 recognized the gallantry of men of the Nigerian Armed Forces and the 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.
All stakeholders and the general public are hereby assured that the situation has not affected operations of the Authority in any way as we have continued to render our services unhindered.” said Adams.