NPA boss blames hoodlums for attack on the agency’s headquarters

NPA boss blames hoodlums for attack on the agency’s headquarters

- Hadiza Bala-Usman, the managing director of the NPA has spoken about the attack on the agency’s head office in Lagos

- The managing director disclosed that the attack was carried out by hoodlums during the recent protests

- Bala-Usman said the critical files of the NPA were not destroyed during the attack

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Hadiza Bala-Usman, the managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has carried out an on-the-spot assessment of the damage at the headquarters of the agency in Lagos

Usman told journalists that hoodlums who hijacked the EndSARS protests burnt some officers of the NPA, Channels TV reported.

EndSARS protests: NPA boss reacts to attack on headquarters
Bala Usman said the NPA has resumed its services Photo credits: Channels TV
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The managing director, however, stated that documents of the agency were not tampered with during the fire incident.

She also stated that the NPA’s services were not affected by the attack at its headquarters.

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Bala-Usman said:

“What is paramount is that our services were not interrupted. Our network and our systems have been functional. Within two days of the incident, we’ve been able to resume. All port operations continued within 24 hours of the attack.
“We were able to ensure that critical information and documents are safe. All our financing and payment systems have been protected and were not in any way affected."

The NPA managing director stated that loss adjusters are already stepping up with an assessment and subsequent replacement of burnt items.

Meanwhile, following the violence which trailed the #EndSARS protests across Nigeria, markets in Lagos and Ogun states are now flooded with smuggled products such as rice and fairly used cars, according to a report by Leadership newspaper.

The newspaper reported that customs officers manning the checkpoints in Lagos and Ogun absconded after some of the hoodlums who hijacked the protests attacked them.

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Two weeks after the ugly incident, customs officers have reportedly not returned to their duty posts, therefore leaving the nation's borders porous.

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