In order to beef up security on Nigeria waterways, the Nigerian Shippers Council has said that it would work in collaboration with the marine police.
This was made known, on Thursday, by the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Hassan Bello while receiving the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, in charge of Marine Police, Alkali Usman, at the Council’s headquarters in Lagos.
According to Bello, in the course of carrying out our ports regulatory assignment, the council may encounter some resistance, which would require the assistance of the police.
“We may need some enforcement or reinforcement. I think it is imperative that we do this within the context of the law. We have received support from the terminal operators, shipping companies, clearing agents and other government agencies.
“We have interacted with many of them, because we believe in stakeholders’ interaction. There will be those who would break the law and stop us from carrying out our legitimate duties, in spite of the fact that they know the law provides us with that obligation,’’ Bello said.
In his response, Usman described the Council and the Maritime Police as partners in the business of policing the Nigerian waters.