The new Commissioner of Police (CP), Western Ports, Mrs Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison has called on freight forwarders to adhere to stipulated laws especially when carrying out their business activities within the port environment.
Mrs Harrison said this yesterday during a courtesy visit at the secretariat of one of the leading freight forwarding associations, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF).
She called on members of NAGAFF to assist in the fight against crime, bribery and corruption in the ports.
According to her, security is everybody’s business and cannot be left in the hand of one person. “We must collaborate to do the right thing,” she stressed.
The port commissioner of police also frowned at officers and men of the force who collect bribe from agents. Anyone caught in the act, she cautioned, must face the wrath of the law.
“Bribery demeans a man and it demeans the force; any officer found wanting will pay for it.
“Maintain your stand; do not give bribe to officers anymore. There is no place in the law that allows for bribery. It is a cankerworm and we must all agree to fight it together,” Harrison said.
In his remarks, founder of NAGAFF, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam called on his members to obey the laid down rules and regulations even as he assured the CP port of maximum co-operation in ensuring the ports are free from all unlawful acts.
“NAGAFF will support you to ensure that you achieve your vision and make the western port crime free. To the agents, for you to be the friend of the CP you must respect the rules of engagement, the rules and regulations," Aniebonam said.