Attack on Ports :
MWUN raises alarm, alerts NPA
The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has raised alarm on what it described as a plan by some intruders to invade the nation’s ports.
The Union also called attention of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to step up security surveillance around the ports, in order to prevent attack by some intruders planning to invade the ports.
The Union revealed this vital information through Comrade
Oniha Erazua, in a letter signed on behalf of the Secretary General of the Union, addressed to NPA.
The letter disclosed that the threat is coming from the same people who attacked and killed four members of the Union in 2022.
The details : ”We are constrained to inform you on new threat posed by same violent intruders masquerading as legitimate port users, who we are reliably informed have perfected plans to invade the ports. We also have it on reliable information that these are the same people who violently attacked and killed four of our members under the guise of ticket fee collection in 2022.
“We wish to state clearly that ports are under the exclusive purview and management of the Federal Government of Nigeria and also an exclusive economic zone under the direct control of the Federal Government through the Nigerian Ports Authority. Therefore, its premises and immediate environs are regarded as strictly regulated business area with adequate security detail for the protection of lives and properties.
“We urge NPA to hastily come to the rescue of Maritime Union Workers as further attacks will lead to withdrawal of their services. MWUN shall no longer condone any act of violent attack on its members henceforth, as any such attack will lead to the withdrawal of services of our members from all ports, Jetties, terminals, oil and gas platforms nationwide.
“So, as social partners in the development of port business, the Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria applied utmost caution in its reaction to the previous senseless attack and killing of its members in our own work environment. Because we believe in law and order, we place our hopes for justice on the law enforcement agencies to see the matter to its logical and just conclusion and did not take the matter into our own hands.
“We urgently request further strengthening of security of the ports and on the ports access roads, to ensure that the entire axis is made safe and conducive for work and legitimate business”