Police officers’ mess Onikan not for sale – IGP

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has said Nigeria Police Officers’ Mess located at Onikan, Lagos, not for sale as being reported by a section of the media.

Adamu, in a press statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CP Frank Mba, Monday in Abuja, said: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a publication in some sections of the media dated January 17, 2021, alleging plot by the Inspector-General of Police to sell-off the Nigeria Police Officers’ Mess located at Onikan, Lagos.

“The story is totally false! The Nigeria Police Officers’ Mess, Onikan, conceived decades ago, was built 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.

“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 IGP and the Management Team took a decision to upgrade the existing Officers’ Mess to a world-class edifice.

“The new project will in addition to a standard Officers’ Mess include the development of a world-class three-star hotel, modern office spaces for lease, and a modern and easily accessible shopping complex.”The new Mess will not only cater for the welfare of the Officers but will also provide an alternate stream of income for its maintenance and sustenance.”

According to the statement, “Upon completion, the project which is wholly owned by the Police and financed by the Police Cooperative Society, 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.

“It is also expected to generate additional employment opportunities for teeming Nigerian youths, boost the internally generated revenue of Lagos state and generally improve the economy of the state. 
“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.”

Mba further stated that, “The IGP therefore enjoins well-meaning Nigerians to disregard the misinformation while members of the press should beware of rumour mongering and the activities of those who aim to disparage and discredit well-thought-out projects.”