The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria has lamented the high level of insecurity at the nation’s seaports.

Addressing journalists recently in Lagos, the President General of MWUN, Adewale Adeyanju, bemoaned the attack on one of the association’s members, Wale Cole, who is also a freight forwarder, recently.

The victim, who was left with a deep matchet cut, was said to be currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

Speaking further, Adeyanju urged the government, through the Nigerian Ports Authority, to ensure the regulation of the activities of freight forwarders in the country.

“The government should also intensify efforts to see how they will regulate the activities of the freight forwarding associations because it is no longer the profession we know. It has changed to where one faction hires hoodlums to attack another faction and other port users.

“If the insecurity currently taking place in the port is not well managed, I don’t know where the management of NPA will find itself. This is a signal that all is not well in terms of security at the ports where the police have to run for their lives as a result of what happened on Thursday at the Tin Can Island port.”

He described the attack as barbaric and one too many for members of the union.

The MWUN boss reiterated the need for the government to fortify security around the port areas to forestall future attacks.


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