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Police warn officers against extortion at port gate



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By Uche Eletuo

The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Western Ports, Mr Adeyemi Gbola, has warned police officers against collecting money from truck drivers to allow them in and out of the ports gate.

Gbola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos that the police high command would not condone such corrupt practice.

“The task of the police at the ports is to provide maximum security of life and property for the port users to enhance economic growth.

“The police management will treat officers found wanting in this regard with disdain, as many of them have already been dismissed from the force,” he said.

He alleged that officers of the Area B Command and other stations near the ports were involved in this unwholesome practice.

“We are on the look-out to apprehend any officer involved in this practice; a patrol task force has been constituted for that purpose,’’ he said.

Gbola said that the presidential order to ensure the ease of doing business in the ports’’ was not for one particular agency or operative but for everybody, who might have something to do in the ports.

He noted that the police had undertaken some reforms to forestall crime in the ports.

Gbola advised the public and port users in particular to resist the temptation of giving the police money at the port.

According to him, the port remains a no thoroughfare, as the police would not hesitate to arrest anyone without identifiable document.

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