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Police To Renovate 25 Dilapidated Barracks In Lagos

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, CFR, on Wednesday, disclosed plans to reconstruct 25 dilapidated barracks and facilities in compliance with the Lagos State government’s recommendations on the poor condition of some Police barracks that failed structural integrity tests.

The affected barracks are Ijeh Police Barracks, Obalende; Highway Police Barracks, Ikeja; K9 Police Barracks, Keffi Street, Ikoyi; Falomo Police Barracks (A and B), Ikoyi; Bar Beach Police Barracks, Victoria Island; MOPOL 20 Barracks, Ikeja; Women Police Barracks, Obalende; MOPOL 2 Police Barracks, Keffi Street, Ikoyi; Mounted Troop, Ribadu Road, Ikoyi and Queen Barracks, Apapa.

Others are FPRO Annex Office and Barracks, Ijora Olopa; Iponrin Police Barracks, Surulere; Adekunle Police Barracks, Yaba; Federal Highway Patrol Office, Yaba; Alausa Police Barracks, Ikeja; Mounted Troop, Ikeja; Okesuna Police Barracks, Obalende; Mc Carthy Barracks, Obalende; Force Headquarters Annex, Obalende; Obalende Police Barracks, Obalende; Bourdillon Police Barracks, Ikoyi; New Staff Quarters, Ikeja; Elere Police Barracks, Agege; Onikan Officers Mess, Ikoyi and Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU), Milverton Street, Ikoyi.

The Force Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, while addressing journalists at the Command Headquarters, said the Force had taken a proactive approach towards the redevelopment and regeneration of these establishments and anticipates positive outcomes with the venture.

A directive would be issued to those living in the affected barracks to vacate their accommodation spaces within one month. However, the IGP assured that the affected residents would be aided with money for their rent within the next two years.

“All legally seated residents of any of the affected Barracks will receive a maximum sum of money equaling the rental cost for the location of their accommodation for two years to aid them in getting alternatives throughout the period of reconstruction and that upon the successful completion of these living arrangements, a formal notice to vacate will be issued.

“The Inspector-General of Police has provided an assurance that all officers who are on active service and living in these barracks legally, shall receive the keys to the new structures upon completion.

“It is our earnest hope that the IGP’s modernization plan will be successful and laudable, as it will not only maximize the potential of officers deployed within the Lagos State Police structure but will also add value to the state’s social, economic, and environmental profile.”

In his remarks, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Works, AIG Obe Rudolf, said, “The properties are fatigued and ready for rehabilitation, so other barracks outside Lagos are also being considered simultaneously. The welfare of Police Officers is of utmost importance to the leadership of the Nigeria Police and it’s because of this that the police hierarchy is partnering with Lagos State government, and we are doing the needful to rehabilitate the structures.”

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