Some policemen who live in the staff quarters of the Police College, Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, have described as unrealistic, the directive from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, that all policemen in such quarters other than those serving there should vacate.
Speaking to Daily Trust, they wondered who would occupy such quarters when they vacate, saying there are many houses for members of staff and instructors of the college.
“There is no staff member or instructor of the college that is not quartered. They all got sufficient accommodation before the former commandant of the college allocated the vacant houses to us. We are all policemen occupying police quarters. What is the big deal in that?
“They said the instruction came from Abuja. Even if it is so, the case of Borno and other states hit by insurgency should be treated differently. The command does not have enough barracks to accommodate us. Borno is not a place a policeman can go to anywhere and look for accommodation. It would have been a different case if the college had staff members that are not quartered.
“We appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Assembly and well-meaning Nigerians to intervene before these people put our lives and those of our families into a big risk. When we leave the college for goats and lizards to occupy; where do we go to? It would have been a different case if not for the insurgency,” they said.
Efforts to reach the commandant of the college, Mr. Istifanus Shittima, a commissioner of police, were not successful as he was said to be busy. However, some of his aides referred our reporter to a circular signed by the commandant, dated November 9, directing all policemen not serving in the college to vacate.
“Sequel to the presidential order to recruit 10,000 policemen, commencing from 2016, all serving members not officially posted to the Police College, Maiduguri, are hereby ordered to vacate the barracks to give room for the personnel officially posted to the college, with reference to a signal from NIGPOL DTD, Abuja with reference number CH:7970/DTD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.2/289. Photocopy attached for ease of reference and strict compliance,” the circular reads in part.