The Chairman, Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF), IGP, Suleiman Abba (Rtd), has stated that some inhabitable barracks may be demolished nationwide and rebuilt to modern barracks for the welfare of Police officers.
Reacting to the pitiable condition of the Police barracks, Ijeh, Obalende and Police College in Lagos State Command, Abba during his tour stated that the Police Trust Fund will not hesitate to demolish Police barracks that are in distress and below habitable standard for Policemen nationwide.
During his assessment of Ijeh Barracks on the Lagos Island, he said “What I’m seeing today is a dilapidated barracks. If not that I don’t have where to put them today, I would have relocated them (Policemen), knocking down one, two and rebuild them (barracks) to a human habitable status”.
Abba bemoaned the lack of water, leaking roofs in almost all the barracks. He equally promised to “renovate the barracks that are still good to a human habitable status with the provision of modern toilets, flowing water, safe roofs where water will no longer leak into rooms, safe electricity. That’s what a Policeman deserves” he emphasized.
The erstwhile Inspector General of Police, who had the following officers in his entourage; the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP. Hakeem Odumosu, Commissioner of Police in charge of Works, Department of Logistics and Supply; CP. Aliyu Abubakar, Area Commander, Area ‘A’ Lion Building; ACP. Bode Ojajuni and others, evaluated the state of dilapidation of Ijeh Barracks at Obalende area, Mopol 20 Police Barracks and the Police College at Ikeja.
He further emphasised that the present President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has deemed it fit to unprecedentedly initiate the Trust Fund in order to improve and place the Nigeria Police ahead of her global counterparts especially in the areas of trainings, welfare, logistics and a host of others, for a more efficient security service in the country.
This received an applause from Policemen who interfaced with him during his tour of Police facilities.