NPA to investigate extortion at Lagos ports corridor after The ICIR investigation

FOLLOWING The ICIR investigation into widespread extortion and touting at the Apapa and Tin Can ports corridor, the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) has promised to investigate and address the problem.

The development was disclosed on Friday, March 17, by the NPA Managing Director, Mohammed Bello Koko, a day after the second part of the investigation was published.

The ICIR had published the two parts on March 15 and March 16, on how the uncontrolled extortion and touting had claimed the lives of innocent citizens and impeded the efficiency of the electronic call-up system meant to solve the problem of port congestion.

Reacting to the report, Koko thanked The ICIR for the report and assured that the matter would be jointly investigated by the NPA and the Lagos State government.

“Thank you, [ICIR], for your investigative report and footage. I assure you this will be brought to a logical conclusion by my team @nigerianports and @followslag,” Koko tweeted in response to The ICIR post on Twitter.

After the investigation, numerous individuals shared their harrowing experiences with extortionists who operate along the Lagos ports corridor, highlighting the severity of the situation.




    For instance, a Twitter user, @Mich12645298, narrated how his haulage business was ruined by the indiscriminate extortion by the marauding hoodlums.

     

     

    “Something that ruin my haulage business. touts, Lastma, trace & police collect all my savings, profits & operating expenses, I have 2 trucks, I sold one off when I couldn’t repair it continuously & I have to face another thing, I packed the second, bad country, too much extortion.”

     

    Another Twitter user, @EmmaChi06083385

    “It’s treble.  From Apapa to Alaba, 1x40ft container pays around one hundred and fifty thousand naira and above to tout so they can allow the container to offload at Importer’s warehouse.”

    A Facebook user,  Ubong Joseph, commented as thus :
    “The extortion within this corridor is just so bad. Going to clear cars from Apapa is becoming so stressful as a result of this multiple taxation. Even at night when you think things will be relax is when it’s even worse.”
    The first part of the full investigation can be read here and the second part can be read here.

    Nurudeen Akewushola is an investigative reporter and fact-checker with The ICIR. He believes courageous in-depth investigative reporting is the key to social justice, accountability and good governance in the society. You can shoot him a scoop via [email protected] and @NurudeenAkewus1 on Twitter.

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