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Freight forwarders’ crisis: Amiwero accuses police of conspiracy

By Godwin Oritse

The National President of the Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, Mr Lucky Amiwero has accused the Area ‘B’ Division of the Nigeria Police of conspiring with unscrupulous elements to foment trouble in the freight forwarding industry of the Nigerian maritime sector.

Amiwero  who was recently released from detention after a brush with  police officers said that he lodged a complaint of impersonation and criminal activities of some faceless group in the freight forwarding groups, only for the same policemen he reported to turn against him and his family.
He said trouble started when two plain clothe policemen came to his house to effect his arrest, and on seeing them, he (Amiwero) demanded for their identification, which they could not produce.
According to Amiwero, the inability of the policemen to produce their identity made to order them out of his house and at this point, the policemen  became hostile and wanted to compel him to surrender himself and thereafter a fight ensued.

The seasoned freight forwarder further stated that a few minutes after the police left his house, over thirty policemen stormed his house, thoroughly beat him up, his wife and children before they were whisked to the station.
As at time of filing this report, his wife was still limping as a result of the wound and injuries she sustained.

Medical report made available to Vanguard showed that Mrs Amiwero bled from the nose with bruises and swelling on the face.
Part of the medical report from Ericon Clinic and Maternity reads: “On examination, she was bleeding from the nose  with bruises and swelling on the face, left hand and left knee joint.”
He explained that this faceless group has compromised the police for them (Police) to do their bidding, adding that the law enforcement agents have sacrificed their conscience for money.
“How can a complainant suddenly become the accused, even in the face of very glaring evidence available before the police”?  he queried.

Part of Amiwero’s petition to the Police reads:  “Re: Letter of impersonation and fraudulent criminal  activities of some faceless group.
“We of the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents wish to inform you that some group of fraudulent persons are involved in impersonation of the above mentioned association .“They have scheduled a meeting for 29th of July at Mobil Pegasus at 12 noon with notice of meeting which has been pasted around bearing Elders Forum of  National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents.

“This body mentioned is a complete forgery and impersonation, this is a platform to create confusion in the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents which is the Council that is  registered


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