By Godfrey Bivbere
LAGOS—There was pandemonium at the popular Container Complex around the PTML terminal in Apapa, as fire broke out in one of the container-offices, razing over 40 others.
At press time, an eyewitnesses told Vanguard that fire fighters were still battling to put out the fire.
National Public Relations Officer of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, Kayode Farinto; Chairman of PTML, ANLCA, Akintola Hastrop, and the spokesman of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, PTML Command, Yakubu Mohammed, all confirmed the incident.
Earlier in the day, a similar fire outbreak happened at the popular NPA building, popularly known as National, around Tin Can Island Port Second Gate.
The fire outbreak affected several offices, including that of Barrister Ada Akpunonu, a former Vice Chairman of ANLCA at Tin Can.
Both buildings belong to the Seaview Properties Limited, a subsidiary of the Nigerian Port Authority, NPA.
Speaking with Shipping Position Daily around 7p.m. yesterday night, Tin Can Port Chairman of IFFA, Ojo Akintoye, said he was still at the scene of the fire at PTML Container Complex.
He said operators with offices inside the complex are suspecting foul play.
He added that office of a BoT member of ANLCA, Aare Sanni Shittu, that of Akintola Hastrop, as well as other top clearing agents occupying the left wing of the complex have been razed completely.
Recall that the NPA had given occupants of the PTML Container Complex an eviction notice in 2016.
However, Chairman of the complex, Chukwuemeka Shedrack, had kicked against the order, saying NPA was trying to render the operators homeless.
The occupants alleged that there is an attempt by NPA to concession the complex to a popular port concessionaire, and they subsequently took NPA to court in last year.