The suffering image of the Nigeria Police Force was dealt a big blow on Friday afternoon when President Goodluck Jonathan paid an unscheduled visit to the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos. Street Journal has also gathered from police sources that heads may likely roll in the College.
The visit had apparently been prompted by a report aired by a television station about the rot in the college. The President was accompanied by AIG Mamman Tsafe who is in charge of Zone 2, Umar Manko, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police as well as a number of Naval officers.
The President inspected the hostels, dinning hall, kitchen and officers’ mess. It was obvious that the President was displeased with what he saw on ground, especially the quality and the status of the facilities used in training police officers.
The Commandant of the College, CP Yerima was obviously embarrassed as he could not offer any explanation on how the private television station entered the premises and recorded the gross decay of facilities there. He simply looked bewildered as the President asked him direct questions. At a point, the Commandant turned to his deputy, but no answer came.
After the President’s departure, the Commandant had a brief chat with some of the officers in the college.
Findings have however revealed that the rot is not peculiar to the Police College, almost all police barracks in the country are in bad shapes.