The Nigerian Police Force, Marine Police Command has assured the Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC) of support in carrying out some of its statutory obligations at the nation's ports.
The Assistant Inspector General of Ploice, AIG Pius Imue made the promise during a courtesy visit to the NSC's Head Office in Lagos recently.
He also promised to create a team that will work with NSC and other Government agencies at the ports.
He stated that the Police officers are at the disposal of the Council each time they want to carry out any monitoring and compliance exercise at the ports.
He promised to set up a Special Desk to handle reports on maritime matters as requested by the Executive Secretary.
The Desk would be made up of officers who are knowledgeable and have integrity to deliver.
AIG Pius Imue said the Police would put a stop to interception of already cleared cargoes.
According to him, it was discovered that some police officers who are not under Marine Police domain were in the habit of writing the terminal operators to stop release of containers. He said this would be addressed.
In his response, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hassan Bello said the agency need a friendly and efficient port and cannot do this without the integration of the Marine Police Command.