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AIG Maritime tasks NPA to guide against smuggling of dangerous weapons through ports


Managing Director, NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi  and the AIG Maritime, Mrs Kalafite Adeyemi during  her tour of the Western Ports and the NPA Headquarters , Lagos, today  

The Assistant Inspector-General
of Police (AIG) Maritime, Mrs Kalafite Adeyemi, on Monday urged the Nigerian
Ports Authority (NPA) to remain vigilant in order to guide against smuggling of
dangerous weapons into the country through the ports.

AIG Kalafite Adeyemi( third from left) with her host, CP Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison and
other  top Police Officers at the Western Port Police Command,Apapa.

Adeyemi gave the
charge in Lagos while on a tour of the Western Ports.
At the NPA
headquarters, Marina, she assured the Managing Director, Malam Habib Abdullahi,
of the police support in ensuring adequate security in the ports.
She said that
her official mandate was to ensure efficient policing at the ports, which should
reflect positively in the economic operations at the ports.
Welcoming his
guests, the NPA boss, expressed satisfaction of the AIG’s visit and pledged support
of the authority to the police as it carry out its duties in the port.
He suggested the
development of strategies to ensure conferences and seminars were held with all
stakeholders in that respect, to help in proper delineation of responsibilities.
Earlier in Apapa,
the AIG tasked the General Manager, Western Port, Mr Adeyinka Odunsi, to ensure
the ports were not used as gateway for smuggling in dangerous weapons,
especially as the general elections were close.
She also promised
to increase manpower deployment to the port, while requesting the NPA to
continue to support the police operatives at the ports.
“I will
ensure that more police men are posted to the ports. We also want the NPA to
continue to give these operatives incentives to encourage and improve their
primary responsibility is to ensure safety and security in the ports and we
will perform that task creditably,” she said.
Odunsi  had requested for deployment of more police
personnel to the port as according to him, ‘ the police on ground have been
He also urged
the AIG to help in addressing the issue of the gridlock in Apapa.
He said,
“We need more manpower to use the patrol boats for monitoring of the
waterways in the port.
“So much
has been done but we need improvement of the traffic flow from the Area ‘B’ Command.
The AIG, however,
assured that the Commissioner of Police, Western Port, Mrs Hilda
Ibifuro-Harrison, was capable of addressing the traffic challenge in Apapa with
the crop of officers now on ground.

While addressing
the officers and men at the police command in Apapa port, Ibifuro-Harrison
promised to address the challenge of accommodation, electricity and manpower
shortage affecting them.
The AIG on her part
encouraged the operatives of the command to be upright in their duties as the
public expectation of the police was high.
“I employ
you to discharge your duty with utmost dedication, sincerity. You should note
that policing is the job we have all signed for. 
we should avoid working as if we had other jobs by leaving our responsibilities
to other security agencies.
should always remember and be proud of the time-tested fact and enduring
testimony that the Nigerian Police is the mother of all; both armed and civil
forces,” she said.

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