By Shola Fadeyi
The Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of the Nigerian Police in charge of Maritime , Ibrahim Kaoje has got the backing of the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) for the way he has been removing illegal checkpoints on the Lagos Seaports Access Roads.
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) , Mr Mohammed Bello Koko said in Lagos at the weekend , that he was impressed with how the AIG Maritime has been dismantling checkpoints, which he considered to be illegal.
According Bello Koko, it was a good thing that the AIG Maritime Police practically had to move around the Lagos Ports Corridor to inspect the checkpoints and asked officers manning some of the points where there should be no checkpoints , to vacate the places, and return to the office for their redeployment letters.
The NPA MD stated that the AIG demonstrated professionalism and patriotism as his action has gone a long way to ease the traffic bottlenecks on the Lagos Ports corridor, caused by multiple checks of trucks and containers on the Lagos seaports Acces Roads.
Bello Koko said that the AIG Maritime has also been working with the NPA to determine the locations where there should be checkpoints on the Corridor and the purposes which those checkpoints should serve.
According to him , not every checkpoint should be checking ETO trucks because some of those checkpoints should actually be for national security. Bello. Koko pointed out that the NPA is in league with the Maritime Police Command to put signages on the legal checkpoints on the Corridor.
He maintained that there is really no need for the checking of ETO trucks that have been cleared to load containers at the Ports , so as not to create unnecessary bottlenecks on the roads.
It would be recalled that AIG Kaoje had pledged when he assumed office in March this year that he would effectively discharge the mandate trusted on him, to maintain security , disallow piracy, kidnapping , terrorism and other crimes on the Nigerian waterways.
He had also promised to enforce the directive of the IGP, Alkali Baba Usman to provide maximum security along the Nigerian waterways at all times.
Kaoje , described as a thoroughbred and higly disciplined officer , had explained that the Maritime Police will cooperate and synergize with the society and sister security agencies to achieve its mandate.