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Ports: CRFFN Condemns Brutalisation of Customs Agents

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Ports: CRFFN Condemns Brutalisation of Customs Agents

By Francis Ugwoke

Central Working Committee of Freight Forwarders of Nigeria (CWCFFN)  Friday condemned  the mass arrest of customs agents recently  at the Tin Can Island Port, Lagos.

A face-off between  officers  of the Nigeria Customs Service and  some customs agents  had  led to mass arrest of freight forwarders at the port by the  officers of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU)  with the collaboration of  mobile police officers.

About 300  agents   were said to have been arrested and charged to court  by the Customs  Service.
It was gathered that many innocent  agents and a lawyer  who had come to the port to  transact business were also arrested, after being  allegedly brutalised.
Incidentally,  the mass arrest in which the Police was involved was  without the knowledge of the Ports Police Commissioner.

In a statement  made available to  THISDAY, the CWCFF    said  the  action which was carried out by the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Customs  with the aid of the Police  was  unwarranted.

“The CWCFF is greatly worried over the unwarranted attack on innocent freight forwarders and licensed customs agents operating in our seaports. However, we observe that we have not been able to organise  and profile ourselves to enhance Police duty  in relation to protection of lives and property of the port users”, the  Committee  said in a press statement signed by  the Chairman, Mr Cosmas Chiji.

The Committee advised   the  Council for the Regulation of  Freight  Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) to register  only  Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) and National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF)  for the purpose of easy administration of freight forwarders associations in the country. - Nigerian news, business news, doing business in, naija, Nigeria, West Africa

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