Even the police community has not escaped incidents of building collapse. More than eighty Nigerian police families are scheduled to lose their housing to demolition at the Ikeja highway police barracks. Police say they are on the chopping block as a result of structural defects.
This might not have become so urgent if not for a building in the barracks that collapsed and killed two persons.
In another incident in the same barracks during the time of police commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, News Agency of Nigeria reports that a sergeant and a civilian lost their lives on Christmas day when a part of the bathroom in their unit in the barracks collapsed while they had their bath.
Owoseni ordered a demolition of the building at that time.
Maigari Dikko, Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of works says some of the occupants in the barracks had been instructed to vacate the defective buildings for a long time, but they are still there.
He said the force is looking at ways to rehabilitate all defective buildings in all barracks across the country to avoid a repeat of the collapsed barracks building.
Source: Nigerian News