Thursday, August 4, 2022

USA Africa Dialogue Series - A Journey into Hell: Dehumanizing Society's Protectors: The Horror of Mopol 20 Police Barracks in Ikeja, Lagos: Part 1: Exterior

                                                             A Journey into Hell

                                            Dehumanizing Society's Protectors 

                                   The Horror of Mopol 20 Police Barracks in Ikeja, Lagos

                                                                          Part 1


                                                        Oluwatoyin Vincent Adepoju

Coming out onto the main road after leaving Police Command, the elegant premises housing  the office of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police  at GRA Ikeja, Lagos, its entrance manned by strikingly dressed policemen and  intimidating  armoured vehicles, one comes across a complex of buildings, of which it is debatable if it they are fit for animals, but which are the Mopol 20 Police Barracks, where many policemen and women and their families live, in conditions of the utmost environmental squalor and infrastructural degeneration.

This environment is similar to that of the police barracks near to the location known as Ikeja Under Bridge, a similarity suggesting this as the fundamental standard of police barracks in Lagos State, one of the richest, if not the richest in Nigeria, a standard for police barracks perhaps obtaining  across Nigeria.

Here are pictures I was privileged to take, on the 30th and 31st of July 2022, of this absolute horror, this degradation of society's protectors, society's first line of defense against crime:


                                      View from the Road Opposite the Barracks 


                                                Edifices of hell, towers of punishment 


This section of the road directly opposite the barracks is suffused by a terrible smell as could come from a broken septic tank.



                                               Another View from the Road Adjoining the Barracks

These buildings should be torn down and rebuilt in a manner fit, not only for human beings, but for society's protectors.




                                                                      View from the Road

               Do those who manage the Nigerian police force look down on the police force?


                                 How else may one explain these inhuman conditions?



                                          Is it a Crime to be a Policeman or Woman in Nigeria?

If not, why do those responsible for the police force house them in conditions in which  dog lovers would never place their animals?


                                             Police Barracks as Ghetto, as Capital of Squalor 

                                           How will a person living in such conditions find dignity?  

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