– A group has disassociated itself with a man who was recently paraded by the Lagos state police command
– The man had claimed he was a member of the Policing Nigeria Awareness Initiative (PNAI) while being interrogated by the police
– The PNAI, however, stated that the individual arrested was not assigned to carry out any task on behalf of the group
The Policing Nigeria Awareness Initiative (PNAI) has declared that one Chijioke Okoro is not a member of the group and was not assigned to carry out any operation on behalf of the PNAI.
The founder and chairman governing council of PNAI, Ambassador Egbe Akparakwu Adun disclosed this in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Thursday, April 8.
He said the major tasks of his group are national security awareness programmes and the anti-corruption campaign against multiple taxations, revenue non-remittance, oil and gas theft monitoring.
“PNAI did not at any time appoint or authorise Chijioke Okoro to collect money from importers in Lagos or any other place at all.”
The leadership of the Importers Association of Nigeria, IMAN, also distanced itself from the Okoro.
The national coordinator of the association, Chief Obi Michael Ekwego said Chijioke was not acting on behalf of the association.
Vanguard had earlier reported that the Lagos state police command smashed a syndicate whose members have been parading themselves as the Presidential Policing Marshal Task Force from the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA.
The arrested members who were led by the said Chijioke Okoro were alleged to have hijacked and diverted two containers loaded with goods, in one of the warehouses in Lagos.
The police said their modus operandi included tracking goods from the Apapa ports to warehouses, with an impression to inspect them, under the cover of the presidential task force.
The command noted that luck ran against them when policemen at the Area ‘B’ Command, Apapa, accosted them with the two containers they allegedly hijacked and diverted.
Upon interrogation, they claimed they got an instruction from the office of the NSA to carry out the action.
However, the Lagos state commissioner of police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, disclosed that they were discovered not to have any connection with the office of the NSA, during interrogation.
Parading them before journalists, Odumosu, said:
“The office of the National Security Adviser has debunked the claims, stressing that it didn’t know the suspects, neither had it any relationship with them.
“Two containers and one branded Toyota Hilux with registration number KRD 990 AP, with the inscription “PRESIDENTIAL POLICING MARSHAL, IMAN SPECIAL TASKFORCE’’ was recovered from the suspects.
“They were identified as Chijoke Okoro, Chijoke Joseph, Gideon Ijachi, Daniel Abraham, Nsika Eket, Stanley Akparakwu, Augustine Dosu, Solomon Emeka and Benjamin Steve.”
Meanwhile, the executive vice-chairman of the Presidential Task Team on the Restoration of Law and Order in Apapa Port, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, earlier this year, declared that the team restored sanity on the roads leading to the nation’s busiest port.
Opeifa, who is also the former Lagos state commissioner for transportation, made the comment after the Lagos state government took over traffic management in Apapa.
Recall that the work of the presidential task team on the restoration of law and order in Apapa ended late last year.
The presidential team also said the Lagos state government would take the task forward while the Nigerian Port Authority would fix its call-up system to effectively manage the movement of trucks in and out of the ports.
Source: Legit Newspaper