Port Authority Police Command has carried out an unannounced raid on the Tin Can Island Port Complex, Lagos, arresting 64 miscreants loitering around the port premises.
Commissioner of Port Authority Police Command, Mrs. Sherifat Disu-Olajoku, disclosed this when she paid a courtesy visit to the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ENL Consortium, Princess Vicky Haastrup.
She said that the 64 arrested persons had been handed over to a Police Task Force in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, for further investigation and prosecution.
Olajoku, who expressed displeasure over the high human and vehicular traffic at the ports in Lagos, said that the exercise will be a continuous one.
She said: “When I assumed duties a few weeks ago, I observed that people just wake up and head for the port even when they have no business there. They loiter around the port premises and constitute security risks to the system.
“We will no longer tolerate such acts. We will carry out these raids from time to time and it will be a regular exercise until we rid the port premises of undesirable elements.”
Olajoku called for cooperation between the Port Police and stakeholders in the maritime industry, especially Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria, STOAN, which Haastrup heads as Chairman.
On her part, Haastrup commended the Inspector-General of Police for appointing a woman as the Commissioner of the Port Authority Police Command, saying that the appointment was long overdue.