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Housing Challenge: 25, 000 new houses for police officers nationwide soon – IGP Idris.

Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has said 25,000 new houses will be built for police personnel across the country as part of efforts to address the accommodation crisis bedeviling the Nigeria Police force.

“Officers and men of the force would therefore be proud owners of these brand new houses to spring up soon across the country”, he stated.

Idris made the disclosure Saturday while addressing new recruits at the Police Training School (PTS), Sokoto, said the houses would be provided in partnership with some private developers, including Shelter Afrique, an arm of the African Union.

He said the move was also to complement the efforts being made to make the barracks across Nigeria more habitable.

The police boss described accommodation as key to motivating the officers and men to be more diligent, patriotic and productive.

He said to police personnel, “We should always strive to serve and diligently protect Nigerians and not to intimidate or harass them.”

The IGP stressed the need for them to earn and sustain respect of the public to effectively police the nation.

“We must respect diversity, respect the human rights of Nigerians, respect the law and show compassion, but enforce the law dispassionately, “he pointed out.

He advised them to shun  corruption in all ramifications, stating that the force headquarters had set up a special squad to combat the menace internally.

Regarding the state of the Police Training School, the IGP said measures would be taken to give its facilities the desired facelift.

Commandant PTS, Sokoto, Mr Aliyu Sa’idu assured that they would continue to maintain standards and discipline in the school pointing out that 836 recruits are undergoing training at the school.

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