The management of the Nigerian Ports Authority has reported that 60 vehicles and their offices were vandalised with other items looted in the attack on its corporate headquarters and the Tincan Island Port.
In a statement on Sunday, the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, NPA, Jatto Adams, said that a wing of the office building was set on fire by about 300 hoodlums on October 20th and 21st and also burned and vandalised several vehicles.
According to the authority, the attack started on Tuesday, October 20, when the hoodlums made an attempt to forcefully gain access into the port, then attacked the administrative building and set ablaze a truck which was evacuating cargo.
Adams stated that the attackers gained access into the headquarters premises on Wednesday, October 21, from the outer Broad Street wing with daggers, sticks and cutlasses.
He added that 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.
“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,the statement said.
“A total of 27 vehicles, including cars, utility vehicles, pick up vans and staff buses were set on fire, while 33 other vehicles, 22 of which belong to members of staff were vandalised.”
The authorities said the assets were however insured and the insurers were assessing the damage while they also expressed their joy that no life was lost.
“The management of the authority is 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 in the building at the time of the attack,” NPA said.