by Oge Okonkwo
Widows and children of dead police officers living at the Police Mobile Force, 20 Squadron (MOPOL 20), Ikeja were evicted from the barracks after being given short notice.
No fewer that 10 widows and their children were evicted with their belongings littering the premises of the barracks.
According to reports, the weeping women and children who were interviewed said it was a case of inhumanity.
Some of the widows who had lost their husbands in active service about three to five years ago said they could not move out as instructed because they were yet to receive entitlements from the force.
PM News reports:
“Where do they expect us to get money to rent an accommodation when we have not been paid our late husbands’ entitlements? Some of our children are out of school because there is no money to continue their education. Some who have completed secondary school cannot go further,” a widow quizzed.
“We struggle to feed them, now the police authorities have thrown us out,” another said.
When P.M.NEWS visited the barracks on Sunday afternoon after the heavy rain, some of the paraphernalia of the victims were seen inside water as the victims could not find refuge elsewhere.
Another victim who spoke on condition of anonymity said they were given only three days notice to pack out. “On Saturday morning a truck load of mobile policemen came and forced them out.
A copy of the quit notice signed by Usman M. Nasarawa, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP and O/C PMF 20 Provost, for Commanding Officer, Police Mobile Force, 20 Squadron, Ikeja, dated 28 May, 2014 and made available to P.M. NEWS reads:
“It has come to my notice that despite the fact that you have been transferred/demobbed/retired from the Squadron/Force long ago, you are still occupying the Squadron’s official quarters/barracks which your continuous occupation of this quarters is illegal and contrary to IGP’s circular Ref. No. CH: 7970/FS/148 of 30th January, 1990 and CH: 7700?PER?FHQ?ABJ.T/1 Dated 22nd October,1999.You are therefore given up to 30th May, 2014 i.e. three days to vacate your quarters or you will be forcefully ejected after expiration of this notice.”
Efforts to reach both the Commissioner of Police Lagos State Police Command, Umar Manko and the Command’s Public Relations Officer Ngozi Braide for comments were not fruitful as their lines were not connecting.
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