Following the #EndSARS protest that was hijacked by hoodlums on Tuesday, October 20th tagged ‘Black Tuesday’ leading to many lives lost, scores injured, public and private properties damaged, the Nigerian Ports Authority has recounted its loss to the incident.
The NPA, on Sunday said it lost 60 cars to the hoodlums attack, including several offices in the agency being destroyed, as well as office items looted at its headquarters and the Tincan Island Port.
According to a statement by the Agency General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Jatto Adams, disclosed that the hoodlums did not only burn the building and destroyed some vehicles, they(hoodlums) stole a Toyota Prado SUV, a Bajaj Motorcycle, and one Hilux patrol van.
The NPA management explained that on October 21st, “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.”
Adams, in the statement also noted that the office hardware’s including electronic devices were cart away, “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,” adding that the NPA’s resources was insured and the insurance firm is gauging the agency’s destroyed assets.
The authority in its estimation was glad the attack did not claim any staff’s lives. It said, “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.”