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Maritime workers condemn  arson on NPA headquarters building.

Segun Oladipupo    |  

Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has expressed shock over the level of damage unleashed on the headquarters building of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protest, last week.

In a release on Monday, the union said its leadership condemned in its entirety the mayhem visited on the Authority’s magnificent building in Marina, Lagos.

The union leadership who said that peaceful protest was away to get the attention of the government to its inadequacies, maintained that when such protest turned awry, it became regrettable.

While praying that the perpetrators are apprehended and brought to book, MWUN pledged its unalloyed support to the authority.

Full text of the release stated that “We, Leadership of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria have today being 26th day of October 2020 visited the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Head office at Marina to assess the extent of damage wrecked on same by hoodlums on Thursday 22nd October, 2020.

“We are to say the least shocked by the enormity of damage visited on the magnificent building and the destruction of valuable property.

“Whilst peaceful protest is universally acknowledged as a legitimate instrument usually engaged to draw the attention of government to its inadequacies or mis-governance, but when this protest turns awry and weapons are wantonly used, property looted and damaged and innocent souls wasted, it becomes regrettable and counterproductive.

“The wreckage visited on the NPA Headquarters building and the looting of its property is protest carried too far and it is only vandals whose brains are no longer in the right position that can carry out such.

“Whilst we condemn in its entirety the barbaric destruction of the NPA building by some mis-guided youths, we pray that the perpetrators are apprehended and made to face the wrath of the law.

“We seize this opportunity to express our unalloyed support/solidarity with the management of NPA at this difficult time and always,” it concluded.

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