The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, has denied any plans to sell off the Nigeria Police Officers’ Mess located at Onikan, Lagos State.
Recall that some sections of the media had alleged that the IGP was planning to sell off the multibillion naira Mess, allegedly causing ruckus within the force.
But the IGP, in a statement by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, said the structure was only undergoing remodelling and reconstruction because it had degenerated and shown structural defects requiring renovation.
He, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to disregard the misinformation, while urging members of the press to beware of rumors and the activities of those who aim to disparage and discredit well-thought-out projects.
He said: “In a bid to restore its lost glory and provide a modern and befitting Officers’ Mess, the Police Management Team took a decision to renovate for the benefit of Police personnel.”
According to him, the structure, when completed, would improve social interaction between the police and the general public.
He said: “Upon completion, the project which is owned and financed by the Police would improve the aesthetic value of the Onikan waterline, provide one of the best water view facilities on the Lagos Island and serve to improve social interaction between members of the Police Force and the general public.”
The IGP stressed that he would have ignored the allegation, except for the need to set the record straight.
“It would have been unnecessary to respond to the deliberate misinformation, falsehood and outright mischief by the authors of the publications but the need to set the records straight and halt the intended damage to a well-thought-out project necessitated this response,” he added.