Security personnel in illegal movement of cargoes

Unformed security personnel have been accused of aiding and abetting sharp practices through illegal escorts of cargoes from Nigerian ports in Lagos.

The Acting Managing Director, Nigeria Port Authority (NPA), Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko, accused the security personnel at an interactive session with the House Committee on Customs and Excise.

He said that these officers were also involved in extorting money from importers from the several check points created in the port by various security agents.

He said NPA is working with the Federal Ministry of Transportation to ensure that the Lekki Deep Port commences operation by the second quarter of next year.

He also said the security challenges in the Southeast had also affected the operations of the ports in the east.

”There is the issue of extortion. There are multiple checkpoints in the ports extorting people. You have multiple checkpoints that are just springing up. These checkpoints are manned by police officers.


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