Vacate dilapidated barracks, AIG warns policemen
The Assistant Inspector General of Police, in charge of Zone 2 Command, comprising Lagos and Ogun states, Kayode Aderanti, yesterday warned officers and men residing in dilapidated police barracks to vacate immediately.
Aderanti spoke during a visit to the Lagos State Police Command Ikeja, where he addressed Area commanders, Divisional Police Officers, unit heads, and the rank and file.
While reading the riot act, Aderanti also warned them to shun corruption and fight the worrisome security threats springing up in Lagos.
Aderanti’s call was sequel to the recent building collapse at the Police College, Ikeja, which left several persons injured.
He said, “Policemen living in rickety police barracks should vacate those buildings. Most of those structures cannot stand any integrity test. I urge you in your best interest to move out because of your family. When you go to work, you leave them at home and if the building collapses, they will be victims.”
On alternative arrangements for those who choose to vacate he said, “We have a genuine desire for them to be alive because it’s only the living that can fight crime.
“There is no such alternative arrangement because anyone that does not live in police barracks are paid their rent allowance. So that means that if they pack out, they will collect such.”
On the worrisome trend of kidnapping in Lagos and Ogun states, he said: “The commissioners of police in Lagos and Ogun states are working together in partnership with the inspector general of police anti-kidnapping unit.
Aderanti also warned errant policemen who often engage on illegal duty, and perpetuate different acts of criminalities.
“Policemen on illegal duty has reached an alarming proportion and is highly unprofessional. It needs to be nipped in the bud.
“Some of them operate in unmarked vehicles, harassing people and searching through their phones. That must stop, as violators will be severely dealt with.
“On the issue of corruption, the current Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, has zero tolerance for corruption and official misconduct. Whosoever requests money for bail and to register people’s complaints is on his own and they will be tackled appropriately. I warn again, don’t demand gratification from members of the public.”