By Ben Ekezie
President of the Police Officers Wives Association and wife of the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Haraja Usman Baba has said that she would immediately send a signal to the Force headquarters for the outright relocation of beer parlors from Police barracks, threatening that whoever flouted the directive thereafter, would be ejected from the barracks.
The POWA President who is on a familiarization visit with members in the state said such beer parlours should be cited at a given meters from the barracks as stipulated by law. “During my inspection, I saw a lot of beer parlours in barracks. I know it is you people that encouraged such. You should try and speak to your husbands to follow the rules and regulations of the barracks.
“I grew up in the barracks because my father was a policeman. Then, there was no beer parlour. And with the future of our children in the barracks, we should be careful because these children are more intelligent than us.
“We are going to send signals immediately, for the relocation of the beer parlours. If you don’t keep to it, you will be ejected out of the barracks”.
She also lamented the dirty state of barracks in Lagos and announced the commencement of environmental sanitation, every Saturday. “What I saw at the barracks was devastating. The barracks was unkempt. It was very dirty. If there is no sanitation nationwide, can’t you sanitize yourself, or don’t we have barracks leaders. There is going to be sanitation henceforth. It is going to be a continuous exercise until we are retired”.