The Senator-Elect representing Kwara Central senatorial district at the National Assembly, Dr Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe says the Senate has intervened in the issue of the alleged plans by the top police hierarchy to relocate the Nigeria Police Public Relations School project which is already under construction from Federal Government approved site at Kulende in Ilorin to Keffi in Nasarawa State.
While reacting to the development, Senator- Elect Oloriegbe told journalists in Ilorin that the Senate Committee on Police Affairs and other concerned groups and individuals have stepped into the matter and are on top of it.
He assured the people of his senatorial district, the state and other concerned Nigerians that any plan to relocate the project to another state from its present site shall not happen even if there were initial plans to do so.
“My findings confirmed that it will not happen even if there was a plan. The Senate Committee on Police Affairs and others are on top of the matter” he added.
“I have intervened and it will not happen, In sha Allahu” he explained further.
It was initially reported that the police hierarchy at the headquarters in Abuja have concluded arrangements to relocate the Nigeria police Public relations school in Ilorin to keffi in Nasarawa state, the state of the present IGP.
Reports from authoritative sources even confirmed that plots of land where the project would be relocated has been acquired by the Nasarawa state Government with the approval of the state governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.
It was also gathered that the state governor in the company of the Director-General, Nasarawa Geological Information Service (NAGIS) Sonny Agassi and the Commandant (NSCDC) had visited the proposed site where the Nigeria Police Public Relations School will be relocated from its present site in Kulende, Ilorin if the plan eventually works out.
Construction work on the multimillion Naira Project which was flagged off by the immediate past Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris through the AIG (Works), Olalekan Oladipupo had since begun after the contractor for the project had been mobilized.
Investigation revealed that the new hierarchy of the police under the leadership of the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu is planning to relocate the project to Keffi in Nasarawa State, his local area .
This development has generated lot of controversy in the Ilorin community as the people are wondering how can a project of such magnitude that went through all due processes could overnight be relocated from its original site to another state despite the level of work already carried out on the site.
A visit to the site of the project by showed that work has stopped despite the fact that the contractor has been mobilized while it was reliably gathered that directive to stop the project was from the police headquarters in Abuja
Solacebase recalled that in mid-2017 the former IGP Ibrahim Idris approved a Committee of Professionals, Senior Police Officers and FPRO then (Ag DCP Jimoh Mashood) to set up the establishment of Nigeria Police Public Relations School for the Nigeria Police Force.
The then IGP and the management team in July, 2017 approved a memo of CP Emmanuel Ojukwu (RTD) to be the provost of the school
The committee met severally with NIPR (Nigeria Institute of Public Relations) and the school was flagged off at it temporary site at Police Account and Budget Building opposite Force Headquarters on 10th August, 2017.
On the 11th January, 2019 a ground breaking and foundation laying ceremony of the Nigeria Police Public Relations School, Kunlende, Ilorin was performed by the then IGP (represented by AIG WORKS, AIG Olalekan A.F Oladipupo) and the Emir of Ilorin (represented by Balogun Agba of Ilorin who is the Balogun Gambari of Ilorin)
Reacting to the development, the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba did not confirm or deny plans to relocate the school, but said “the only thing he has to say is that the project is police project and it is ongoing”.