The new command is in charge of providing adequate security at all ports and harbours.
The Nigeria Police Force said it has established a new command, the Maritime Police Command.
The new command will be situated at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, operating under the control of the ‘B’ department.
According to a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, the new command is a fusion of the maritime police command, the police ports authority command, and the Inland Waterways Formation.
It will oversee the maintenance of law and order as well as provide adequate security in all our ports and harbours. It is also tasked with the responsibility of various security cases in creeks and territorial waterways.
The command is divided into three other commands: Western Maritime Command, Lagos; Eastern Maritime, Port Harcourt and; the Maritime Command also in Lagos; all headed by a commissioner of police.
The Maritime Police Command will be headed by Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mark A. Idakwo.
Mr. Mba also stated that in-line with the reformation and reconstruction of the Nigeria Police, seven Assistant Inspectors General of Police were redeployed based on the directives of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar.
The AIGs, who are all expected to resume at their new duty posts on or before 18th March, 2013, include:
1. Mark A. Idakwo – Maritime Police Command
2. Christopher Dega – Zone 8 Lokoja
3. Mohammed J. Abubakar – Zone 3 Yola
4. Tambari Y. Mohammed – Zone 9 Umuahia
5. Sule Mamman – Zone 10 Sokoto
6. Adisa Baba Bolanta – Police Academy (POLAC)
7. Jonathan Johnson – Zone 6 Calabar