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Police Give Bar Owners At POWA Markets, Barracks One Week Ultimatum to Quit

Posted: May 3, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emmanuel Udom


In an apparent move to reduce drunkenness by its officers as well as enforce the Code of Conduct as specified in the Police Act (Cap 359), the Police in Lagos has given wives of serving and retired police officers, operating beer parlours and bars in the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) Market and Barracks in various formations and units across Lagos State one week ultimatum to close shop.

The code of conduct for the police among other things  states that “Police officers shall not consume alcoholic beverages or chemical substances, while on duty, except as permitted in the performance of official duties, and under no circumstances while in uniform, except as otherwise exclusively permitted by an enabling authority;

“Police officers shall not consume alcoholic beverages to the extent the officer would be rendered unfit for the officer’s next scheduled shift. A police officer shall not report for work with the odour of an alcoholic beverage on the officer’s breath.”

Independent correspondent, who visited the POWA market, located behind the Lagos State Police Command headquarters, in Ikeja GRA, at the weekend observed some officials of the association, led by the wife of a senior serving police officer, (names withheld), when they issued the ultimatum to the beer parlour owners.

The POWA officials supported by police officers from the Provost office of the command arrived while people were drinking at about 5.30pm at various shops, restaurants and stalls within and outside the market premises.

The team also visited MOPOL 21 barracks and parts of MOPOL 22 barracks at Oduduwa in Ikeja GRA, where the traders were requested to either stop selling alcohol, spirit and herbal concoctions, or be prepared to leave the market.

A senior police officer at the Provost office, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that “it is against the Police Act for an officer in uniform to be seen drinking.”

The officer commended the efforts of Mr. Fatai Owoseni, the Commissioner of Police in the state in ensuring that sanity returns to the entire police system in Lagos.

He noted that the ultimatum to owners of beer parlours around police formations to stop selling alcoholic beverages will ensure that officers are not drunk.

Police sources told our correspondent that the ultimatum has been extended to police barracks in Obalende, Ikoyi, Kam Salem House, Zone 2, Onikan, Agege, Oko-Oba, as well as the 98 police divisions and units in Lagos.

However, some traders at POWA market in Ikeja and Obalende barrack said the ban on alcoholic drinks could lead to a drop in their daily revenue.