Police-Extortionists Torment Freight-Forwarders …As Freight Forwarders Threaten To Shut Ports Over Extortion

By The Evangelist News Edition, Thursday August 24, 2023. Admin.

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders has written to the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, accusing maritime police of illegal operation, arrest, and detention of containers in and around Lagos Ports.

In a letter on Wednesday, dated August 22nd, signed by the National Coordinator, 100% Compliance Team of NAGAFF, Ibrahim Tanko, the group threatened that if nothing urgent was done, the group would shut down the ports.


Tanko in the letter titled, ‘Petition against the maritime police for illegal operations, sending of alerts to shipping companies, blocking of consignments, arrest and detention of containers in and around the Lagos ports,’ said that the situation was causing restiveness in the ports area.

He said, “We therefore, respectfully urge you to call the maritime police to order and save the ports from an imminent restiveness that may paralyse business activities and further cause economic loss to government revenue. We may have no option but to go on the protest which may result in a possible shutdown of the seaports.”

The aggrieved freight forwarders said the officers did not only block the release of containers from shipping companies, but also arrested and detained containers on the road.

It said, “Since this new administration, the officers and men of the Maritime Police have not only resumed these activities but also even more daring.

They do not only block the release of containers from shipping companies, but they also arrest and detain containers on the roads, and even allegedly go into fisticuffs with the officers of the Federal Operations Unit of the Nigerian Customs Service”

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