The Inspector- General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has named 25 distressed police barracks marked for demolition in Lagos.
The IGP said the police would partner with the Lagos State Government to rebuild the barracks among several buildings that are distressed properties in the area.
The IGP who briefed the press yesterday, at Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos, said the barracks would be rebuild and handed over to the initial occupants after total construction works .
The IGP, who was represented by the Force Public Relations Officer(FPRO) CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the Force embarked on series of sensitization and relocation efforts for police personnel living in the affected barracks, and that it commenced between Monday May 1, and Wednesday, May 31, 2023
He said the press conference was part of the sensitization effort of the police, and that it is targeted at creating a transparent dialogue between the affected occupants and other police personnel.
He said the IGP has issued a directive that those living in the Barracks be issued a one-month notice to vacate their accommodation spaces after they would have received money for relocation.
“This directive will not be carried out all at once, but will be implemented gradually in phased stages to ensure that all officially recognized and lawful residents of the affected Barracks are properly catered for.
“The IGP’s directive is that all currently residing and 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 Barracks for two years, to aid them in advance in acquiring alternative accommodation options throughout the period of reconstruction. Upon the successful curation and completion of these living arrangements, a formal notice to vacate will be issued.
“The IGP has provided an assurance that all officers who are in active service and living in these barracks legally, shall receive the keys to the new structures upon completion of the development of the improved housing area.
“The revolutionary drive of the Nigeria Police Force to redefine the physical landscape and outdoor environment of Police Barracks and other facilities in Lagos State is a clear-cut effort to modernize the current facilities, as well as create a conducive environment for officers to carry out their duties and responsibilities with honour and self-esteem.
“Therefore, it is our earnest hope that the IGP 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 values to the State’s social, economic and environmental profile” he added.
“The barracks affected are: Ijeh Police Barracks, Obalende Highway Police Barracks, Ikeja, K9 Police Barracks, Keffi Street, South-West, Ikoyi , Falomo Police Barracks (A and B), Ikoyi, Bar Beach Police Barracks, Victoria Island, MOPOL 20 Barracks, Ikeja, Women Police Barracks, Obalende and MOPOL 2 Police Barracks, Keffi Street, South-West, Ikoyi.
Others are Mounted Troop, Ribadu Road, Ikoyi, Queen Barracks, Apapa , 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 and 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.
He assured that the if after the expiration of the house rents given to the affected officers and the barracks were not completed, the force would renew the rents till the barracks are completed.