Awka – The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has described as false, rumours making the rounds that he plans to sell off the Nigeria Police Officers’ Mess located at Onikan, Lagos.
On the 17th of January, a publication had trended both on the conventional and the online media about the alleged plot by the IGP to sell the Nigeria Police Officers’ Mess, Onikan, conceived decades ago, to cater for the welfare of Police Officers, provide transit accommodation for Officers on transfer or on special assignments and provide a conducive social environment suitable for their relaxation.
But a statement in Abuja on Monday, by the IGP, issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, said the publication is totally false and misleading.
“The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a publication in some sections of the media dated 17th January, 2021 alleging plots by the Inspector-General of Police to sell-off the Nigeria Police Officers’ Mess located at Onikan, Lagos. The story is totally false!,” the statement said.
It explained that over time, however, the property has degenerated and shown structural defects, requiring a massive renovation or outright rebuilding.
“In a bid to restore its lost glory, provide a modern and befitting Officers’ Mess and tackle the defects of the old structure, the Police Management Team took a decision to upgrade the existing Officers’ Mess to a world-class edifice.
“Upon completion, the project which is wholly owned and financed by the Police would provide one of the most aesthetically satisfying facilities on the Onikan waterfront and serve to improve social interaction between members of the Police Force and the general public.
“It would have been unnecessary to respond to the deliberate misinformation, falsehood and outright mischief by the authors of the publications but this response is necessitated by the need to set the records straight and halt the intended damage to a well-thought-out project and another orchestrated plan to wrongfully attack the office of the Inspector-General of Police,” the IGP said.
He enjoined well-meaning Nigerians to disregard the misinformation, warning journalists to be wary of rumour-mongering and the activities of those who aim to disparage and discredit well-thought-out projects.