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MWUN warns members against drug trafficking as District officers emerge in new elections.

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Segun Oladipupo

Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has told members of the union to disembark  from any vessel suspected to be carrying illicit items

The warning is coming on the heels of the recent arrest and detention of 12 members of the union on suspicion of drug peddling in the port

The union queried the rationale behind the  arrest of its members instead of the consignee and vessel owners who are privy to the contents in the vessel.

The union President General has called on members of the union to disembark from any vessel containing items looking suspicious instead of being held for what they don’t know anything about.

He gave the advice during the election of district officials of the Lagos zone on Tuesday.

While reiterating the resolve of the union to partner with relevant government agencies to flush drug peddling from the port, he threatened to expel any member of the union culpable of involvement in drug peddling.

“Any unit or anybody from the union that is caught in connection with drug trafficking we are talking about, then that unit and the district will be disbanded with immediate effect.

“Enough is enough, we cannot turn our seaports to be the hotbed of drug trafficking. We must not allow the name of  dockworkers to be dragged into this mess.

“If you are caught and you present yourself as dockworker, under interrogation, I can assure you that such a person will  cease to be our member.

He also called on the Dockworkers Branch President to carry out routine check of workers activities at the quay apron, noting that drug trafficking has what it takes to destroy a nation if not nipped in the bud.

Adeyanju called on the labour workers to be proactive onboard vessels while at work, saying the union will not allow innocent citizens to be under the custody of security agencies unlawfully.

The union boss also urged executives of the various districts at Lagos seaports to work in unity on information sharing in curbing the menace of illegal drug importation.

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