IG’s wife orders closure of beer parlours in barracks, says defaulters risk ejection

Wife of the newly appointed Inspector-General of the Police, Hajia Hajara Usman Baba has read riot act to wives of service personnel not to open beer parlours in police barracks.

While urging those who have done so to close shop, she added that those who flout her order risk being ejected from their quarters.

Speaking to members of the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) as the National President in Ikeja, Lagos on Friday, Usman-Baba decried proliferation of beer parlours in police barracks, describing it as a bad influence on children of service personnel and the future of Nigeria.

To underscore her seriousness, she stated that a signal would be communicated to the Force headquarters for the outright relocation of beer parlours from police barracks.

She was on a three-day working visit to familiarise herself with POWA members in Lagos and also to access the Police children school, to improve the general standards.

“During my inspection yesterday (Wednesday) 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. She informed that she would personally take part in the next one, after taking a 30-minute walk with POWA members, as part of activities to mark her visit.

She said, “What I saw at the barracks was devastating. The barracks were unkempt. It was very dirty. If there is no sanitation nationwide, can’t you sanitise 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.” She said.

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