AIG Maritime tasks NPA to guide against smuggling of dangerous weapons through ports


 
Managing Director, NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi  and the AIG Maritime, Mrs Kalafite Adeyemi during  her tour of the Western Ports and the NPA Headquarters , Lagos, today  
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Maritime, Mrs Kalafite Adeyemi, on Monday urged the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to remain vigilant in order to guide against smuggling of dangerous weapons into the country through the ports.


AIG Kalafite Adeyemi( third from left) with her host, CP Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison and
other  top Police Officers at the Western Port Police Command,Apapa.

Adeyemi gave the charge in Lagos while on a tour of the Western Ports.

At the NPA headquarters, Marina, she assured the Managing Director, Malam Habib Abdullahi, of the police support in ensuring adequate security in the ports.

She said that her official mandate was to ensure efficient policing at the ports, which should reflect positively in the economic operations at the ports.

Welcoming his guests, the NPA boss, expressed satisfaction of the AIG's visit and pledged support of the authority to the police as it carry out its duties in the port.

He suggested the development of strategies to ensure conferences and seminars were held with all stakeholders in that respect, to help in proper delineation of responsibilities.

Earlier in Apapa, the AIG tasked the General Manager, Western Port, Mr Adeyinka Odunsi, to ensure the ports were not used as gateway for smuggling in dangerous weapons, especially as the general elections were close.

She also promised to increase manpower deployment to the port, while requesting the NPA to continue to support the police operatives at the ports.

"I will ensure that more police men are posted to the ports. We also want the NPA to continue to give these operatives incentives to encourage and improve their performance.

"Our primary responsibility is to ensure safety and security in the ports and we will perform that task creditably," she said.

Odunsi  had requested for deployment of more police personnel to the port as according to him, ‘ the police on ground have been over-stretched.’

He also urged the AIG to help in addressing the issue of the gridlock in Apapa.

He said, "We need more manpower to use the patrol boats for monitoring of the waterways in the port.

"So much has been done but we need improvement of the traffic flow from the Area ‘B’ Command.

The AIG, however, assured that the Commissioner of Police, Western Port, Mrs Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison, was capable of addressing the traffic challenge in Apapa with the crop of officers now on ground.

While addressing the officers and men at the police command in Apapa port, Ibifuro-Harrison promised to address the challenge of accommodation, electricity and manpower shortage affecting them.

The AIG on her part encouraged the operatives of the command to be upright in their duties as the public expectation of the police was high.

"I employ you to discharge your duty with utmost dedication, sincerity. You should note that policing is the job we have all signed for. 

"Therefore, we should avoid working as if we had other jobs by leaving our responsibilities to other security agencies.

 "We should always remember and be proud of the time-tested fact and enduring testimony that the Nigerian Police is the mother of all; both armed and civil forces," she said.