The League of Maritime Editors and Publishers Wednesday, has dismissed the early morning fire which gutted part of the headquarters of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) as a grand design perpetrated by some elements in the system to cover up an act of fraud.
While condemning the act of arson, the League, which is a body of maritime journalists, said an investigation should be launched into the incident to unravel the cause of the mysterious fire as, according to them, “we suspect a possible foul play in the fire incident”
In a statement by the President, Mr Kingsley Anaroke and Secretary, Mr Francis Ugwoke, the group suspects that the fire incident may be the mastermind of some elements in the system who may have organised the inferno to cover up fraud.
League therefore calls for an independent organisation or body to carry out investigation into the incident and let Nigerians know the truth.
The group said that having monitored the protest in many parts of Lagos, NPA Marina was not known to have been attacked by either the #ENDSARS protesters or hoodlums who could have put the edifice on fire.
“Besides, League wonders the preventive action taken by the retinue of security officials, including special ports police officers who have head office in the building to prevent the arsonists.
The NPA Headoffice is where the Ports Police Commissioner has office as well”
“We feel bitter about the fire incident, but we suspect that some people may have taken advantage of the #ENDSARS protests in Lagos to also destroy some vital documents as a way of concealing fraud.
“So, we want an investigation to be carried out on the incident. We want to know the time that protesters or hoodlums visited the building.
“We want to know what the police officers and other security officials working in NPA were doing when the building was burnt down.
“We suspect foul play, maybe some unscrupulous elements want to cover up fraud”.
The League also condemned the attack on peaceful protesters at the Lekki Tollgate that led to the killing of many innocent youths.
The group said it was sad that what was a peaceful protest was hijacked by hoodlums.
The group called on the Lagos state government to do everything to ensure that innocent lives and properties are protected in all parts of the state.
The group commiserates with the relations of the victims of the protesters whose lives were cut short by soldiers working for the government.
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