The enforcement team of the Courier and Logistics Regulatory Department of the Nigerian Postal Service has cracked down on illegal courier and logistics operators in Ogun state.

The team stormed and sealed off some offices in some parts of Abeokuta, the state capital, where the alleged illegal operations and logistics were carried out.

Some areas affected by the operations include Omida, Ibara, Kuto and the Oke-Mosan axis of the state.

The team sealed Standard Delivery Express and Fex Delivery services and seized their motorcycles as unlicensed and illegal courier and logistics operators.

Speaking to the press, Assistant General Manager, Ethics, Complaint, and Strategy, Worimebgbe Banks, who led the team, said their action had been carried out as provided by the NIPOST Act and the regulation’s operational guidelines.

Banks revealed that a similar operation had been conducted in Oyo, Enugu and Abuja, adding that the exercise has continued and that it would be a monthly affair.

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He reiterated that the industry has been infiltrated with so many unlicensed and illegal courier and logistics operators.

The team leader added that the unethical sharp practices, the safety and security threats and the public disdain had become a threat to the industry and society.

He advised interested private investors in mail and express. courier and logistics company to follow the proper process and obtain a license from NIPOST as provided by the existing laws or risk facing the full wrath of the law and prosecution.

He said, “We have our courier supervisor at the Sapon Post Office in Ogun State. So they have to go through the normal process so that no one bothers them.

“They can operate freely without fear of intimidation or arrest by the local or state government and they can rest assured that they are doing legal businesses that are recognized by the government.

“The confiscation of the engines is not to punish them, but to make sure that they come to NIPOST to do the necessary things.

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“After the necessary registration, NIPOST will license them and they can start working without fear of harassment from anyone.”

He stressed that with the different categories of operating licenses, coupled with the flexible payment plan for those who cannot pay continuously, no one has an excuse to operate illegal courier and logistics companies across the country.

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