PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan yesterday paid a surprise visit to the Nigeria Police College in Ikeja, Lagos on his way to Cote d’ Ivoire for an ECOWAS meeting.
Sources said even his top aides had no prior inkling of the unscheduled stop over.
The visit, said to be “a fact finding inspection” by a police source, was intended to enable the President address certain issues hampering the qualitative training of policemen.
But many observes believe it was in reaction to a recently documentary on the dilapidated state of infrastructure and challenges facing trainees in the foremost Police training institution in the country by Channels television.
Not even the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Umar Manko, or the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2 Command, Alhaji Mamman Tsafe, was notified of the visit.
But presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, told The Guardian that the visit was a surprise and brief.
“We just left the college. It was a surprise visit. We are on our way to Cote d’ Ivoire,” he explained.
A source at the College told The Guardian that they had never seen such a surprise visit by a sitting President since the institution was established.
According to the source: “It was like a dream the way the President came in with his entourage.
“He did not spend time at all; he just moved round the school briefly and left.”
Both Tsafe and Manko declined comment on the visit, directing The Guardian to the Police High Command in Abuja.