|ACP , Area ‘B’, Julius Okoro with the Founder of NAGAFF, Chief Boniface Aniebonam at the NAGAFF village when the Area Commander paid a courtesy visit to the association|
National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) and the
Nigeria Police, Area ‘B’ Command, Apapa, have agreed to maintain cordial
relationship to avoid unnecessary hindrance to trade.
agreement was reached when the Area Commander, Mr Julius Okoro, an Assistant
Commissioner of Police, paid a courtesy visit to the NAGAFF Village in Apapa.
Fred Akokhia, the Legal Adviser of NAGAFF, commended the ACP for the visit and requested
that he operates an open door policy to enable the public reach him easily.
also requested the Area ‘B’ Commander to embrace alternative dispute resolution
mechanism in case of any misunderstanding between the Police and members of the
however, noted that much as the association wanted a cordial relationship with
the police, it would also ensure that obedience to the law was maintained by
the Commander promised to maintain a cordial relationship with NAGAFF, as a way
to help promote trade.
said he would maintain his work strategy that helped to clear Apapa of its traffic
gridlock, which at a time, frustrated residents and business owners from the
said, “The NAGAFF mission is clear to me and we are happy to relate with you,
and our doors are open to you.
have been able to tackle the traffic gridlock challenge to enable easy
movement. Therefore, all those who ran away because of the traffic situation
before should come back to Apapa.
job here is to service the community and will not tolerate any illegality by
any officer to unduly detain any container.”
Area Commander said he had continued to educate his officers on the need to be
civil with members of the public and to also maintain good relationships with
the business community.
Founder of NAGAFF, Chief Boniface Aniebonam, said the association had always
enjoyed a healthy relationship with the police and hopes it continues.
said NAGAFF members would remain law abiding in the course of their doing
business, even as the association continues on its anti-corruption crusade.
are aware of our anti-corruption crusade, and there is no going back on it.
Corruption has denied us of so many things, but we must continue to fight it.
understand and appreciate the job of the Police and we crave responsible
partnership,” Aniebonam said.
emphasised that the relationship must be maintained based on obedience to the
advised that the police should not be seen to be doing customs duties, though
it had right to investigate any issue.
urged the Area Commander to continue to educate and enlighten his officers as
the association would not accept any abuse of power.