Pius Imue, a commissioner of police, Lagos Railway Command, wondered why the planned eviction of police officers from their barracks concerned the press, as reported by The PUNCH. The story broke that police authorities in the command have issued 54 police officers eviction notices, and much more yet to be served. The affected officers are occupants of “Railway Police Barrack, Block A and B Botanical Gardens Barracks, Oyingbo, Compol Trackpol, Lagos Eb”. The officers, all of whom have families, are given between 31 July and 30 September to comply with the directive, which the report quoted “came from above”. But, Imue explained the directive is an internal police issue. “This is an internal police arrangement, so how does it concern the press? Anyway, the letters served concerned only three groups of people; retired policemen who are still staying in the barracks; the civilians staying in the barracks; and the officers serving outside Lagos State”, Imue stated.
“I was posted to Lagos on March 13, 2015. The following day, I handed over the keys to my apartment in Abuja to my successor. So, there is no wickedness in what we are doing. It is as simple as that,” he added. The affected officers have called for the intervention of the federal police authorities in this regard. They alleged unfair treatment and the fear the hardship of life outside the barracks with their large families.