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No fewer than 14 operational motorcycles were impounded and one office was sealed on Thursday as the Courier and Logistics Department Enforcement Team of the Nigerian Postal Services carried out its operation in Benin, Edo State.

The courier office was sealed on Sakponba Road, Benin while the courier motorbikes were impounded along Airport and Sakponba roads, as well as Omoruyi Street between Sakponba and Sapele Road.

The courier operators, whose motorcycles were impounded include Peggs Logistics, Rocket Delivery, VF Logistics, TG Logistics, Chumaz Logistics, TIL-J Logistics, Ozpiut Deliver Courier, Bee Logistics, Veekee’s Logistics, DB Express, XPICIT Logistics, Links Courier, Brigella Empire Logistics and BaebI Xpress.

Addressing the enforcement team of the Courier and Logistics Department, the Zonal Manager of the NIPOST, Benin Zone, Mrs. Lorretto Nwakanma, who spoke on behalf of the Post Master General and Chief Executive of NIPOST, said the Nigerian Postal Service is mandated by section 62 laws of the Federal Government of Nigeria 2004 to regulate, to control, to monitor and to license their operators throughout the federation.

He stated that the Nigerian Postal Services has observed that there were activities of operators which are opposed to the regulation of the industry.

“In Benin, we have many illegal operators and this enforcement team is here to look at them, sanitise their operations and ensure that the rules and regulation guiding postal operation are practised within Benin and its environs,” he said.

While noting that the courier industry has become of great interest and is attracting business ventures, he harped on the need for such operations to be guided by the rules stipulated by the Courier and Logistics Department of the Nigerian Postal Service.

“If they don’t operate within the rules then they are illegal. You find out that some of them even traffic drugs. Some of them engage in so many unwholesome practices because they are not under scrutiny.

“The aim is for them to get the required license to enable them to operate. It is the desire of the Postal Master General of the Federation, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy to ensure that the courier operators are properly licensed so that the economic sabotage and drug trafficking will cease,” he said.

In his remark, the Head of the Enforcement Team and Assistant General Manager, Ethics, Complaints and Strategy of the Courier Logistics Regulatory Department of NIPOST, Mr. Banks Worimegbe disclosed that the exercise is to sensitise the Benin public.

One of the courier bike riders, Ebere Marvellous and some of his other colleagues, whose bikes were
impounded, expressed surprise at the operation, pointing out that they were not aware of the NIPOST’s Courier and Logistics Regulation.

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