The SIFAX Group has dissociated itself from any direct or indirect connection with the controversial 440 pump action rifles intercepted by Customs Service at the Tin Can Island Port on Tuesday.
“The attention of the management of SIFAX Group has been drawn to a false news report being circulated by some online news media to the effect that a container load of arms was intercepted at a subsidiary of our company, Ports & Cargo Terminal, Tin Can Island Port, Lagos.”
Stressing that the arms in question neither originated from the Ports and Cargo Handling Services Limited terminal, nor was intercepted near its terminal, the SIFAX Group image maker, Mr. Olumuyiwa Akande also expressed dismay that journalists failed to cross check their facts, before rushing to press.
“Let me quickly put on record that the news report is totally false, untrue and misleading.
“Our findings have shown that the said container was released from another terminal and was headed for an Off-Dock terminal, before it was intercepted by the Nigerian Customs Service on the port access road close to our terminal.
“Ports & Cargo terminal doesn’t own the port access road and how we are linked to this beats our imagination.
“It is quite unfortunate that these media organizations published the false news report without making the slightest effort to balance it with our own side of the story,” Akande stated.
He however enjoined the public to disregard the misinformation, while urging the media to always uphold the ethics of professionalism in the discharge of their duties in order to avoid the error of misinforming the unsuspecting members of the public.
He stated that the Sifax Group has a time-tested track record of excellence in service delivery and operates under the strictest international best practice.