The Eastern Ports Police Command says the enthronement of maximum security and peaceful business environments in ports under its watch is its topmost priority.
The Commissioner of Police, Eastern Ports, Tami Evelyn Peterside, who disclosed this at a forum with maritime journalists in Lagos recently said such a conducive business environment was in line with the core mandate given to the command by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba
CP Peterside noted that both the media and the police work towards achieving the same goal of building a stronger society, with the media reporting for society to get better, while the police secure society for peace and progress.
Deployed to the command as CP in 2020, Peterside’s gallantry paid off recently with the arrest of port vandals who allegedly destroyed the beams anchoring Berth 8 at the Port Harcourt Ports and were extending the vandalism to Berth 7 before the successful interception by the police.
The command, under her watch, has also checkmated the activities of unmarked taxis that were brought into the port at night by criminal elements to cart away stolen goods; and while the arrested quay vandals have been charged to court and remanded in custody, the command prepares to take the battle to receivers of the stolen items.
According to the CP, the incidents of beam vandalism are, for now, a peculiarity of the Port Harcourt Ports only as Onne, Calabar and Warri ports under the command have not witnessed such vandalism.
Her proactive steps in collaboration with sister security forces reportedly kept the four ports safe during the “EndSars” protests, and are now being deployed against sea piracy, with several gunboats already acquired to check the menace.
To ensure a peaceful work environment, the command now meets quarterly with host communities as a way of forestalling youth protest and the barricading of port facilities.
“It was so much at the beginning of the year. Every day I’ll be called, oh the boys have blocked this… When I asked they said, Madam ‘na so dem dey do’. I said but this is not right. These companies will not work for one or two weeks because the boys are blocking the place.” Peterside said.
Earlier in an address, the chairman of EMR, Martins Giadom, congratulated the CP on her posting and sought collaboration with her office for better performances by both EMR and the command. He also commended the CP and men of the command for their gallantry in arresting beam vandals and criminals at the port.