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.