The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has refuted claims that he planned to sell the Police Officers’ Mess at Onikan in Lagos.
Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, in a statement on Monday, accused “mischief authors” of concocting lies.
He said the Mess was built to cater for the welfare of Police officers, serve as transit accommodation for personnel on transfer or on special assignments and provide a social environment for their relaxation.
Mba noted that over time, the property has degenerated and shown structural defects requiring a massive renovation or outright rebuilding.
The spokesman said to restore its lost glory, the IGP and the Management Team took a decision to upgrade it “to a world-class edifice”.
Mba disclosed that the renovation will include the development of a world-class three-star hotel, office spaces for lease, and a shopping complex.
The PRO said the new Mess will not only cater for the welfare of the officers but also provide an alternate stream of income for its maintenance and sustenance.
“Upon completion, the project which is wholly owned by the Police and financed by the Police Cooperative Society, would improve the aesthetic value of the Onikan waterline, provide one of the best water view facilities on Lagos Island and improve social interaction with the public.
“It is also expected to generate additional employment opportunities for teeming Nigerian youths, boost the internally generated revenue of Lagos State and generally improve the economy of the State.”
The IGP advised Nigerians to beware of rumour-mongering and those seeking to discredit the project.