How AIG Maritime Police Is Eliminating Illegal Checkpoints along Lagos Ports Corridor

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AIG Maritime Police, Ibrahim Kaoje

    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.