The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has said that construction for more than 25,000 housing units for police officers is underway with some at various levels of completion across four zones in the country.
The IGP made the statement at the Oyo State Police Command in Eleyele Command Headquarters, Ibadan on Friday.
In an interview with Channels Television after addressing members of Oyo State Police Command, Mr Arase disclosed that he remained committed to the welfare of the Police throughout Nigeria.
He added that the force headquarters has signed an MOU with UN Habitat and Shelter Afrique in Kenya to build various categories of mass housing schemes capable of reintegrating Police operatives properly into the society during service and after retirement.
Mr Arase sued for the collaboration of well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies to shift their focus to help provide basic shelter for the Police and rehabilitate the barracks that are currently in bad shape across the country.
Disclosing that the first phase of 100 units would be ready for use in the first quarter of 2016 and handed over to Police officers, the IGP further encouraged better participation from all and sundry in the fight against terrorism as government alone cannot achieve success without people actively participating.
He added that a new scholarship scheme has also been introduced to help children of Policemen get quality education.
Two Nigerian internationals have been shortlisted by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in a 37-man list for the 2015 African Footballer of the year.
Super Eagles striker, Ahmed Musa and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, who recently announced his retirement from international football made the list released by CAF on Sunday.
The current African Player of the year, Yaya Toure is also on the list.
England-based players Riyad Mahrez from Algeria, Yannick Bolasie of DR Congo, Ghana’s Andre Ayew, Mame Diouf from Senegal, Kenya’s Victor Wanyama and Gabon skipper, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were also on the list.
Meanwhile, no Nigerian player plying their trade in the domestic league made the shortlist of 24 players shortlisted for the African player of the year based in Africa.
National Rugby team, the Black Stallions of Nigeria, have been drawn in Pool B alongside Zimbabwe, Uganda and Zambia for the 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers.
The qualifiers will be staged in Johannesburg, South Africa, from November 14 to 15.
Despite Zimbabwe being already tipped as Group B favorites, Coach of the Black Stallions, Fabian Juries, said that the team is well prepared for the challenge where only the winner in the group qualifies for Rio Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, in Group A, Kenya, who is a strong force in Africa rugby, will tackle Madagascar, Senegal and Mauritius.
In Group C, Tunisia and Morrocco have been grouped together with Namibia and Bostwana.
Two Kenyans and seven Somali guards have been killed in a bomb attack on a vehicle carrying workers to the United Nations compound in Garowe in the Somali region of Puntland, police said.
A police officer, Mohamed Abdi, said that authorities suspect Islamist al Shabaab militants of carrying out the bombing in the northeastern city.
“A blast hit the bus carrying workers to the UN Office, at least nine people died,” he told Reuters. Six bystanders were wounded, he added.
Nicholas Kay, the UN Special Representative for Somalia, condemned the attack , saying on social media that he was “shocked and appalled by loss of life”.
Al Shabaab has staged several attacks against UN officials in Somalia in recent years, most often in the capital Mogadishu, where the UN has been helping a Western-backed government rebuild the country after more than 20 years of war.