Police Officers’ Wives Want Barracks Renovated


Wives of police officers at the Iponri Police Barracks in Lagos, on Monday, appealed to the Federal Government for the immediate renovation of the barracks.

Some of them, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, said that the barracks was in a state of disrepair and that there was a need for urgent government intervention to fix it.

Mrs. Esther Sani, the wife of a corporal, who lives in the barrack with her husband and two children, told NAN that their house was in a complete state of disrepair.

“Our living condition is poor and quite unbefitting for the family of a police officer.

“We need a better accommodation. Our husbands’ inability to do their jobs effectively probably has to do with their poor living conditions,” she said.

Also speaking, Mrs. Amina Ibrahim said that her husband’s one room apartment was too small for her and her five children.

“Clearly, we need a bigger accommodation as this one is too tight for us and my husband.

“I am fed up with the way policemen are treated in this country. How do you expect an officer with five children in one room to perform his duty well,” she asked.

Her neighbour, Mrs. Awa Adamu also told NAN that the barracks had poor drainage system.

She said that the environment was always dirty because of the absence of proper drainage system.

Adamu also said that the unhygienic condition of the barracks was a major health challenge for many of the inhabitants.

“Government should help us to construct good drainage system, so that our environment can be clean and healthy for our children,” she said.

On her part, Mrs. Esther Sani said government should provide a clinic in the barracks to cater for the health care needs of the officers’ families.

She said that the poor condition of the barrack exposed the inhabitants to diseases, adding that it would be appropriate for them to go for regular medical checkup.

“A clinic, school and a play ground should be part of what makes a modern barracks.

“The farther our children have to go to enjoy these facilities, the more frustrating policing Lagos State will be for the officers,” she said.

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