Extortion: Port task team to commence night operation on access roads  

Extortion: Port task team to commence night operation on access roads  

The Port Standing Task Team (PSTT) has announced that it would commence a night operation on the roads leading to the ports in Lagos to eradicate illegal checkpoints and all forms of corrupt practices militating against the free flow of cargo and vehicular movement on the axis.
The National Coordinator of PSTT, Moses Fadipe, during an inspection tour of the port roads, said the team has commenced data collation of activities along the routes linking the two seaports, adding that some target points would be dealt with at night.
According to him, the sting operation would commence soon to nab those extorting money from port users.
Fadipe also vowed that the PSTT would bring both states and non-state actors involved in the illegalities on the port corridors to book at the appropriate time.
He said his team has made progress in restoring order on the port access roads, as illegal checkpoints have been removed from the port access roads. 
“We have been attacked physically on several occasions by non-state actors who are bent on having a place along the port corridor. One of our members has been seriously injured and hospitalised for weeks, but he is recovering. We need the cooperation and support of all maritime stakeholders to succeed in our work to restore order and efficiency in the ports,” Fadipe said.
The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Emmanuel Jime, said the review of the task team operations followed the need to increase port efficiency and ensure the free flow of traffic on the roads within and around Apapa.


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