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One dead as port truck drivers, task force officials clash in Lillypond

…NPA operational vehicles burnt

Burnt vehicles at Lillypond on Thursday

One person confirmed to be a truck
driver reportedly lost his life in an early morning clash that happened on
Thursday between port operations truck drivers at the Lillypond Truck Transit Part in Ijora, Apapa, and
officials of the Lagos State Task Force on the environment.

A source said that the
truck drivers were protesting against extortion by some officials of the task
force, but the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in a statement, said some
hoodlums had resisted the task force team from doing their lawful duties on a
mission to restore law and order on the port access roads and environment.

The NPA, in the statement, said “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. Property worth millions
of were destroyed in the process.”

The NPA, however, assured the general
public that the situation had been taken care of, and those doing business in
the vicinity should go about their businesses without fear of molestation, as
it promised to ensure a safe and secure environment.

The General Manager Security, Mr. Olumide
Omotoso, and the NPA Management  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.

Meanwhile, the NPA said the World
Bank had recently reported Nigeria’s progress 15 steps upward from 146 in the
Ease of Doing Business index, and urged collective efforts to build on the
success achieved thus far.

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