NPA HQ assault: Minister says culprits ought to be rebuffed

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, on Sunday portrayed the Oct. 21 assault by punks, taking on the appearance of EndSARS dissidents, on the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) base camp as appalling.

During a visit through the NPA central command, Amaechi additionally noticed that the culprits of the demonstration ought to be rebuffed.

“The harm is shocking. Regardless of how you need to vent your incenses over police fierceness, you don’t have to demolish individuals’ properties.

“I was before an understudy, we didn’t bring laws into our hands in any event, when we were dissenting.

“During the time of Taiye Solarin, there were national protests, we partook in those protests but we didn’t take laws into our hands.

“It is legitimate to protest and illegitimate to hide under the guise of protests to destroy people’s public properties and the law does not allow closure of highways because there are other road users,” he said.

Amaechi pointed out that he believes this should not just end here because if some people are not punished, some others might want to repeat the crime in future.

On why it took him 32 days to inspect the carnage done to the NPA headquarters, the minister stated that there was no difference between then and now, indicating that he had been briefed by the NPA management.

“I have made decisions that with the level of damage done here, NPA should be able to come forward to cabinet to ask for funds for the reconstruction of the place,” he said.

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