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Order IGP to unseal our office - Peace Corps begs Buhari

Order IGP to unseal our office - Peace Corps begs Buhari

- The national commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria has appealed to President Buhari to order the IGP to unseal their office

- Dickson Akoh said the PCN has secured over 15 valid court judgement against the Police and other security agencies in Nigeria

- According to Akoh, the organisation pays as much as N13.5 million as rent annually on the sealed office

The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) has urged President Muhammad Buhari to prevail on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to unseal its corporate headquarters, in line with various court orders to that effect.

The Corps also claimed it had secured over 15 valid court judgement against the Police and other security agencies in Nigeria, which none has been appealed against.

Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday, June 13, the national commandant of PCN, Dickson Akoh, said the organisation pays as much as N13.5 million as rent annually on the sealed office.

Akoh said his group remains a non-confrontational and law abiding organisation and has explored all lawful means, including seeking political solutions to its ordeal, but to no avail.

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"In view of the landmark ruling yesterday coupled with other previous judgement and the resolution of the House of Representatives, we wish to renew our appeal, as part of our last resort, to President Muhammadu Buhari, to please direct the Inspector General of Police to order his men to vacate the premises of the headquarters of our organisation in the interest of equity, fairness and justice.

"We are also appealing to the Attorney-General of the Federation, the National Human Rights Commission, Civil Society Organisations, Human Rights Activists and other well-meaning Nigerians to urgently intervene in this regard, especially in prevailing on the Nigeria Police to respect the rule of law as a frontline Law Enforcement Agency," he said.

He said the police and its allies have achieved their overall intent by stopping the Nigerian Peace Corps Establishment Bill from seeing the light of the day.

Akoh said: "The clamp down and the purported charges against me and indeed this organisation were essentially to stop Mr President from assenting to the NPC Bill and stopping the Legislative Arm of Government from doing the needful."

Akoh noted that his organisation and his person have not committed any known crime under the laws of Nigeria, vowing to present himself for prosecution when the Police comply with court orders.

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He said: "We are ever ready to defend ourselves before any court of law as it is our wish to clear ourselves of any allegation.

"In a civilized society where the Rule of Law is supreme and respected by institutions of government and individuals, it is expected that the Police comply with valid Court Orders and subsequently come before the Court to prove its allegations against us, if any at all."

The Peace Corps boss also expressed regrets after securing over 15 valid court judgement, the Police and other security agencies have continued to clampdown on his organisation, this, he said would only paint the country in bad light before the international community.

"The action of the IGP in disobeying valid court orders with brazen impunity and his selective victimization of innocent Nigerians must be quite disturbing to all lovers of democracy.

"The truth is that, he is only courting more enemies for this administration that is known for its strong aversion to all manner of impunity, which is injurious to our President, who is doing all that is humanly possible to place Nigeria on the path of economic and political recovery," Akoh stated.

Meanwhile, previously reported that Akoh, was on Tuesday, June 12, discharged of the 13-count criminal charges preferred against him by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP).

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The Nigeria Police had, in March 2017, slammed Akoh with a 90-count charge but later amended it to 13-count charge, after it was observed that most of the charges were repetitive.

However, Justice John Tsoho, while ruling on a motion of notice filed by Barrister John Ochogwu, on behalf of Kanu Agabi Chamber, described the action of the Police as an "impunity".

The judge said the Police authority lacks moral justification to prosecute Akoh in the criminal matter, until the Police boss obeys subsisting court orders emanating from the suit.

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