The Presidential Task Team on the Decongestion of Apapa Road has said it had no hand in the mayhem that occurred at the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) owned Lillypond Truck Transit Terminal , Ijora , Lagos last week, just as it has out rightly condemned the incident .
In a statement signed by the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Task Team, Comrade Kayode Opeifa which it issued and forwarded to the Marine and Economy Online , the Task Force flayed in strong terms the violence which, it said was reportedly escalated by some unscrupulous individuals and miscreants opposed to the operations of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Enforcement Unit) task force in the area.
It said ‘’We are deeply saddened by the violence and commiserate with the family of the deceased and other victims of the unfortunate incident. But it is important to state categorically that the Presidential Task team was not involved in the unfortunate incident. We therefore call on those spreading such false claims to henceforth desist’’.
While it empathized with the management and staff of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) which vehicles and offices were destroyed in the mayhem, it commendd the efforts of the Nigerian Police, Lagos Command, and the Lagos State Task force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Enforcement Unit) task force for quickly bringing the situation under control.
The Task Force also lauded the NPA management for not allowing the situation to adversely affect Ports operations.
It also commended the efforts of the Nigerian media for resisting attempt by some vested interests at taking advantage of the incident to discredit the efforts of the Federal Government, through the Presidential task team, in its quest to restore law and order in the Apapa axis.
As its partners in nation building, it urged the media , which it referred to as its friends to always cross check the veracity of their information before publishing, so as not to propagate falsehood emanating from some quarters, which it said could mislead the public who count on the media for objectivity and professionalism in its reportage.