NATFORCE to sue Adamawa Police commissioner, customs chief for alleged stopping personnel from duty posts

NATFORCE DG, Chief Okereke

The Director-General, National Task force For the Prohibition of Illegal Importation/Smugling of Arms, Ammunition, Light Weapon, (NATFORCE), Chief Osita Okereke, has threatened to sue the Commissioner of Police in Adamawa State, Madaki Adamu as well as the State Comptroller of the Nigeria Customs  Service over alleged removal  NATFORCE operatives from their beats.

Chief Okereke who was speaking with reporters Thursday in Abuja explained that NATFORCE has been monitoring  the activities of smugglers into the country for some years adding that the Adamawa State Commisioner of Police had alegedly connived with some smugglers along with the State Comtroler of Custom Service to remove NATFORCE personnel from the road shortly before several vehicles alegedly loaded with country bound goods were seen moving into the state.
He explained that NATFORCE since inauguration in 2010 has helped in many crime dictation and prevention especially in recovery of illegal arms and ammunition as well as in protection of pipe lines.
He explained further that the Adamawa state Police boss had compromised on his obligations for the prevention of crime and criminalities in the state disclosing that NATFORCE personnels where forcefully withdrawned because of instruction from Customs boss who allegedly impressed on him to remove his personnels from the roads asking them to seek permission from Custom office in Abuja before they can operate.
“It was after the Commisioner of Police had withrawn NATFORCE personnel that lorry of countrbound goods were moved into the state in several trucks.
“We are wondering now who the Commissioner of Police is receiving order from, is it from the IGP or from the State Controllers of Custom?
“We had  received signal earlier from IGP mandating the police CP to give our personnels cover while performing their duty. The Commissioner had initially complied but because he was bribed by the Custom there, he had to compromised.
“Most of the crimes and criminality in this country are carried out by criminals in connivance with  security agencies,” he alleged.
“The Nigerian Customs has been against us in this country, as we speak we have engaged in several court battles and we have won them all, the court said they should pay us fine which we have been waiting for, but they refused.
He, therefore, called on the Inspector-General of Police to remove CP Adamawa as well as monitor closely the activities CP Abia  whom he alleged had disobeyed signal from IG over protection of NATFORCE personnels while carrying out their legitimate duties.”
NATFORCE boss also disclosed that it was after the Commisioner of Police had withdrew his staff from their beats that many trucks allegedly loaded with contraband goods moved into the state after alleged arm-twisting between the police and the custom in the state.