- The inspector general of police has been mandated by the Court of Appeal to reopen Peace Corps headquarters
- In a judgement by Justice Stephen Jonah Adah, the police was mandated to obey court orders and unseal the corps office in Abuja
- Recall that police had rejected two court orders by Justice Tsoho and Kolawole to unseal the headquarters which has been under police lock since 2017
The Abuja Court of Appeal has mandated the inspector general of police, Adamu Abubakar, to respect its judgement and unseal the corporate head office of the Peace Corps of Nigeria in Abuja which has been under police lock since 2017.
Justice Stephen Jonah Adah, who noted that the police is a respectable security agency, called on the security institution to respect the power of the judiciary and decision of the court, PRNigeria reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Justice Adah gave this order when he was reacting to a prayer by Joshua Musa, the counsel to the Peace Corps of Nigeria, who said the police was still disobeying the two orders by the Federal High Court mandating it to reopen the corps office.
Musa had complained to a three-man panel of the appellate court justices that the action of police was worrisome and dangerous for the law of the country.
He noted that the attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, had written to the security agency twice directing them to comply with the high court orders and vacate the Peace Corps headquarters.
It would be recalled that the headquarters of the Corps has been sealed off since 2017 following President's Muhammadu Buhari's refusal to sign the Peace Corps bill into law.
Following the closure, the Federal High Court, in two different judgments by Justices Gabriel Kolawole and John Tsoho in 2018, ordered police to vacate the office.
The two judges said the sealing off was unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional, making Justice Tsoho to decline further audience to police's over its gross disobedience.
Justice Kolawole, in his judgment, imposed a fine of N12.5 million on police force for disrespecting the power of the courts.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Gombe zonal office, had arrested Ambore Enoch, the commandant, Nigerian Peace Corps, Gombe over alleged extortion of money for employment purposes.
Bello Adamu, public relations officer of the anti-graft agency in the zone, who made this known in a release on Wednesday, October 17, said the financial impropriety amounted to N54 million.
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