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Shippers’ Council advises freight forwarders to ignore unauthorized Police Officers at Ports

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council
(NSC) has asked freight forwarders operating at the nation’s seaports to ignore
unauthorized policemen who are involved in illegal interception of already
cleared cargoes.

The Executive Secretary and Chief
Executive Officer of the Council, Mr. Hassan Bello gave the order when the
Maritime Police Command led by AIG Abdul Danwawu paid him a courtesy visit in
Lagos on Tuesday.

According to him, these illicit
activities by the police were impeding clearing processes at the Nigerian

Bello reminded the stakeholders of
directive from the Inspector General of Police, IG Mohammed Adamu which
reinforces the mandate of the Assist. Inspector General (Maritime) and the
Commissioners of Police in charge of Western and Eastern authority as being the
police formations with primary responsibility for police operations at all

“Other men and officers of the
police have no business in the interception of cargoes at the ports,’’ he said.

He expressed the Council’s
readiness to embrace the order by the IG to address the unwholesome practices
by police.

He maintained that the NSC’s
mandate as Port Economic Regulator is to sanitize the ports, ensure that costs
remain reasonable and Nigeria competes with other countries in terms of best

In his address, AIG Abdul Danwawu
assured stakeholders that the Maritime Police Command would always seek
directives from NSC when it concerns stoppage of containers.

He also said that the Marine
Police Command would cooperate with NSC to make the ports meet its aspirations.

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