The Association of Nigeria License Customs Agent (ANLCA) has stated its resolve to bring to justice culprits of the recent attack on its national Secretary in Lagos.
ANCLA President Hon.Tony Iju Nwabunike in a press release, stated that the National Executive Committee (NECOM) of the association will never fall for cheap blackmail or intimidation, but will stand on its feet to rein in peace and unity into the oldest and most organised Customs Brokers organisation in Nigeria.
Nwabunike who was reacting to recent concern expressed by the public who are eager to getting an update on how the masterminds of the barbaric attack on the association on October 6, 2020 will be unmasked and punished by the long arms of the law.
He said though the attacker’s were clearly out for the life of the NECOM members, ANLCA as a law abiding institution will refrain from commenting on the matter which is in court, as doing so will be subjudice of the Court process and could as well stirrup fiction that could compete with facts.
According to the president, “the suspects who were arrested in connection with the incident have been charged to court and the association has been following dutifully, at the same time carrying out its own independent investigation to truly ascertain the level of collateral damage to its facilities..
He said, “The leadership of ANLCA under my watch is not and will never be cowed or trapped in the shenanigans of disgruntled elements who are bent on destroying the oldest and most organized Customs Brokers organization in Nigeria.
“As such, the NECOM is not leaving any stone unturned as it has petitioned relevant government security agencies to ensure that those criminally minded elements who carried out the mayhem on our secretariat and their sponsors are made to face full wrath of the law.
“Our association under my watch will continue to carry out our legitimate duties as enshrined in the ANLCA Supreme Constitution and we call on all our members across the country to go about their normal businesses without fear, intimidation or allowing themselves to be incited against the legitimate leadership of the association.
Nwabunike further charged all chapter executives to align themselves with the democratic ideals of ANCLA faster than it takes a fart to offend the nostril, and make arrangements for their election as stipulated in the ANCLA constitution.
He admonished them to disregard what he described as empty threats from disgruntled elements who have gone into overdrive to see the association collapse while promising that, his administration will never toil with issues concerning the welfare of its members.
“We also want to use this medium to inform the various Chapters of ANLCA to prepare for their respective election of Chapter Executives, as their constitutional rights guaranteed in the ANLCA Supreme Constitution and to disregard any empty threats from those individuals who don’t mean well for the association.
“Finally, I want to assure all our members that this NECOM under my headship will continue to negotiate and fight for the rights of members so that they will keep carrying out their businesses without any form of threat and intimidation,” Nwabunike stated.
You will recall that suspected hoodlums wielding guns, machetes and charms, numbering over 40 invaded the National Secretariat of ANCLA on October 6, 2020 at about 9:30 am.
During the attack that lasted over 30minutes, they engaged in destruction and looting orgy, but their frantic effort was unsuccessful as they were unable to lay hold on the President, Hon. Nwabunike and other National Officers failed.
On sighting police officers from Festac Police Station who were timely, most of the criminal elements took to their heels, however, 9 members of the gang were still arrested along with their guns, charms and other harmful objects.
In their struggle and resistance against lawful arrest, the hoodlums injured a police officer, Sergeant Abadariki F. who was eventually hospitalized.
Reacting in the wake of the attack, Nwabunike had stated, “As a law abiding organization, with a leadership that believes in God, we are grateful to our creator for saving us from an attempt to gruesomely murder us by persons whose desperation has been brought to the fore for all to see.”
ENDSARS LEKKI TOLL GATE SHOOTING: MALAMI CLAIMS SOLDIERS ARE FAKE HOODLUMS WEARING ARMY UNIFORM.
The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, says it is likely that hoodlums wearing military fatigues and not soldiers shot #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos state.
About two weeks ago, protests calling for the disbandment of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) took flight across the country.
The police unit was disbanded but the protests persisted as citizens demanded reforms in the force.
Protesters converged on the tollgate for 13 days before they were forcefully dispersed by soldiers.
There are reports that some of the protesters were killed by the soldiers who stormed the tollgate on October 20, 2020, but there are disparities in the number of casualties with no clear evidence produced.
Speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja, the AGF said investigation is underway to ascertain what truly happened at the Lekki tollgate.
Malami said it was “pre-emptive” to conclude that there had even been shootings, adding that “hoodlums” may have been hired to create a scene.
“You cannot rule out the possibility of perhaps hoodlums that set in to create a scene… could equally partake in the process,” the AGF said.
You will recall 5gat the Lekki tollgate incident had sparked off outrage across the country.
Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu blamed the incident on “forces beyond my direct control”.
But the Osoba Olaniyi, acting director, Army Public Relations said the Lagos government invited the Army to restore order.
However, he denied that soldiers shot protesters, describing reports on the attack by the military as fake.
The army also said it will not disclose the identity of its men who were sent to Lekki tollgate on October 20.
The judicial panel set up by the Lagos state government to probe alleged brutality by the disbanded SARS has already commenced sitting.
The panel visited the Lekki tollgate last Friday and also the army mortuary where they were not immediately granted access but eventually when they gained access, they could not get a concrete evidence.