By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos.
The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Ms Hadiza Bala Usman as commended the Customs Comptroller General, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd.) and his management team on measures put in place to curb illegal importation of contraband goods and offence weapons into the country.
According to the NPA boss, the measures resulted in the stupendous seizure of not fewer than 661 pump action rifles, in one fell swoop recently.
In a release by Chief M.K. Ajayi, the General Manger, Public Affairs of the Authority, made available to New Nigerian, the Authority is particularly impressed with the fact that the controversial 40 feet container manifested to be carrying steel doors had actually exited the port, before it was timely intercepted somewhere around mile 2, Lagos.
This remarkably, according to the Authority was a proof that the customs management has put in place, more than one layer of security arrangement to ensure that nothing dangerous actually escapes the eagle-eye of a customs service under the meticulous watch of a military mind, exemplifying the leadership of the Nigerian Customs Service.
“Without this interception, the Authority would rather not want to imagine what could have happened to the peace, lives and properties of innocent Nigerians”, Usman stated.
She therefore advises that the scope of investigation in respect of this deadly cargo should be broad and thorough.
The Managing Director also enjoins all the security agencies serving in the port, to be extra vigilant, to avoid a re-occurrence of such totally prohibited cargo entering and exiting the port.
Usman consequently, enjoins whistle blowers to avail themselves in future, of platforms already put in place by the Authority to ensure timely presentation of information and intelligence needed to enable the Authorities nip in the bud, such acts of illegality.