Hoodlums Attack Clearance Taskforce Team At Tin Can

LAGOS – Some hoodlums allegedly linked to a maritime workers’ group, yesterday, attacked officials of a task team constituted by the Lagos State government during an exercise intended to open up clogged Tin Can port access roads.

The Guardian, which was at the clearance exercise with the task force team, comprising the Lagos State Truck and Cargo Operators Committee (LASTCOC), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Police, witnessed the attack.

The task force team had, on Monday, embarked on the exercise to open up inbound section of the Tincan Port access road that had been blocked to road users, to ensure free flow of traffic, enhance trade and seamless evacuation of cargo from Tincan Port.

The team continued the exercise, yesterday, to create a single-lane policy for truck movement, to allow access to other road users. Barely five minutes into the exercise, thugs, allegedly belonging Maritime Workers’ Union, led by one Taofeek (popularly known as Tao) disrupted the operation.

The thugs attacked members of LASTMA, POLICE, NPA LASTCOC that came to open up the corridor. Taofeek also threw a keg of fuel at members of the task force, apparently to set them ablaze.

During the incident, an official of LASTMA sustained injury and lost his phone. A thug attempted to snatch a rifle from a member of the road clearance exercise team but was overpowered and taken to the task force office at Oshodi.

The clearance team tactically withdrew from Tincan Port gate to prevent total breakdown of law and order and high casualty. Recall that there had been disunity among transport and maritime workers’ union concerning gridlock on the Tincan and Apapa port access road, especially on extortion of truckers.

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