The Acting (Ag) Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has issued a directive that henceforth no police formation, command, unit or team apart from the Maritime Police Command is authorised to undertake any operation or investigation in and around any Nigerian Port Formation in the country.
Consequently, the AIG Maritime Police Command or the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Western and Eastern Ports Authority have been mandated to ensure strict compliance of this directive.
According to the Ag.IGP, all police formations wishing to undertake any investigation of the ports must get a written authorisation and active involvement of the AIG Maritme Police Command or the Commissioner of Police in charge of Western or Eastern Ports as the case may be before embarking on such operation or investigation.
This directive followed a meeting held with the Ag IGP in his office when the management of Nigerian Shippers Council led by the Executive Secretary/CEO Hassan Bello paid him a courtesy visit. The Nigerian Shippers Council as Ports Economic Regulator has sought the intervention of the Ag IGP Mohammed Adamu to the numerous infractions by police formations which is critically undermining Ease of Doing Business and to a large extent stalling trade facilitation in the country.
In this vein, stoppage of released containers by different police units has been streamlined and therefore all police formations have been advised to desist from been a clog in the wheel of progress as the federal government drive to stimulate the economy back to reckoning is a task for every Nigerian.
In his response, the Executive Secretary/CEO Nigerian Shippers Council Hassan Bello promised to have a robust interaction between the police hierachy, Maritime Police Command while assuring the IGP of his Council’s determination to provide a human capacity development programme that will enhance service delivery at the Ports.