Armed thugs invade ANLCA secretariat …As President warns enough is enough
No fewer than 40 armed with AK47, Pump Action guns, pistols, daggers and dangerous charms invaded the national secretariat of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents ANLCA, located at the Amuwo-Odofin area of Lagos in the early hours of today, destroying some sections of the building, carted away valuables and documents.
Meanwhile, National President of the association, Hon. IJU Tony Nwabunike while reacting to the violent attack, which stakeholders described as the highpoint of recent unwarranted verbal and media attacks on the leadership by some senior disgruntled members of association, warned that enough is enough and that his penchant for peaceful resolution of issues should not be misconstrued as cowardice.
An eyewitness told our reporters that 11 of the hoodlums have already been arrested and that a total of one AK47 automatic rifle, four pieces of pump action automatic guns, one pistol, over 15 pieces of matchetes and several types of charms and other fetish items were recovered from the hoodlums by the Police.
According to him, the hoodlums, who were also armed with photocopies of an advertorial published in the September 30 edition of the Punch Newspaper by the sacked members of the Board of Trustees BOT of the association, stormed the secretariat at about 8am, forced their way through the main gate, destroyed the Closed Circuit Television CCTV sets and went straight to the National Secretary’s office where they collected some vital documents, which they set ablaze alongside the components of the CCTV.
It was gathered that the thugs, who were allegedly led by one Yemi Haastrup, chairman of the Grimaldi chapter of the association and one Elder Obey, who is chairman of the Ports and Terminal Multiservices Limited PTML, having forced the main gate open, chased the secretariat staffers including security men out of the premises, destroyed some of glass walls and windows before ransacking the office of the secretary.
The eyewitness further disclosed that some of the attackers wore black T-shirts with the inscription: ANLCA Western Zone Taskforce, a development some stakeholders argued was an offshoot of the political skirmishes that have characterised the association in the last two years when the current National Executive Committee NECOM led by IJU Nwabunike came into being.
It was however not possible to speak with the Divisional Police Officer DPO in charge of the Police Area C Command, Festac, which is handling the matter as at the time of filing this report.
Checks by our correspondent show that the Area ‘C’ Command Festac of the Nigeria Police may soon hand the matter over to Special Anti -Robbery Squad SARS because of the involvement of arms and ammunitions.
The National President had while reacting to the attack, noted that over the last two years, he has always sought peaceful and amicable settlement of issues, which many misconstrued to mean cowardice.
He argued that the use of sophisticated weapons and charms implies that “the people we are trying to make peace actually do not want it”.
“My life would have been at grave risk if I were.in the office when these dangerously armed persons broke into the peace of the premises. It is no longer a joke because people sponsor others to attack us”, he said