Lagos — Commissioner of Police, Western Ports, Mrs. Rhoda Olofu, has explained how the intervention of the Police altered bloodbath in the recent
altercation between the Truckers and Carriers Association of Nigeria, TACAN and Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN.
Recall that on Thursday, August 5,2023, members of TACAN and MWUN engaged each other in a free-for- all, over allegation of extortion, which left three persons injured.
Explaining how the Police intervention averted tragic situation at the Lagos Port, she said when she got wind of the brewing crisis, regular Policemen and her officers, along some mobile Policemen were mobilized to the scene of the crisis to contain the situation.
She said: “Immediately I got wind of the situation, I quickly called the Area Commander, Western Ports and we mobilized men and some officers to the scene of the crisis. We called the warring parties for a meeting after which the situation was brought under control.
Continuing, she said: “We must keep the ports safe and secured so as to encourage and enhance quick clearance of cargoes and facilitate trade because these crises if not checkmated to lead to stoppage of work by various players in the ports thereby affecting trade and the general well-being of the economy.”
The warring parties according to Olofu were singing discordant tunes over alleged extortion, thereby leading to a fight that left three persons injured, adding that the I hired were hospitalized.
However, TACAN blamed MWUN members for the attack, MWUN insisted its members had nothing to do with the attack, saying “The attack was a result of an electioneering campaign by the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA that was disrupted by some hoodlums.”
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