Breaking: Police, Peace Corps supporters clash in Abuja

Breaking: Police, Peace Corps supporters clash in Abuja

Officers of the Nigeria Police Force, activists and supporters of the Peace Corps clashed on Thursday, February 15.

The clash reportedly occurred after police officers moved to prevent Peace Corps members from opening their headquarters in Abuja as ordered by the court.

Premium Times reports that the police arrived in five Toyota Hilux vans after activists and Peace Corps members attempted to implement court orders that the facility be reopened.

Recall that the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered that the Peace Corps headquarters locked up by the police should be reopened.

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The trial judge, Justice John Tsoho, ruled on Monday, January 15, that the application by the police to seal the already sealed Peace Corps office was an attempt to legalise the illegality.

The judge slammed the police for approaching the court to seek an order to seal the Peace Corps office before placing it under lock and keys.

He ordered that the office be unsealed forthwith, noting that the continuous siege to the office was illegal.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the Nigeria Police Force insisted on the proscription of the activities of the Peace Corps of Nigeria describing the group as illegal.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, January 16, the police said the operation of the Peace Corps remains illegal and accused it of engaging in crime.

The police said it raided and sealed the Abuja office of the Peace Corps because of its illegal operation particularly collecting money from unsuspecting Nigerians for recruitment.

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