3-years after, Police bow to pressure, unseal Peace Corps office

3-years after, Police bow to pressure, unseal Peace Corps office

- The Police on Thursday, March 5, has unsealed the office of the Peace Corps of Nigeria in Abuja and other states

- The unsealing of the PCN's premises followed a directive by the Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami

- The national commandant of Peace Corps, Dickson Akoh, said despite the loss by the corps he does not bear any grudge against the Police

- Akoh said the corps is hoping to collaborate with the Police and other security agencies to fight insecurity in Nigeria

After three years of series controversies and disobedience to court orders, the Nigeria Police on Thursday, March 6, unsealed the headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) in Abuja.

The national commandant of the corps, Dickson Akoh, who led other PCN officers to the corps headquarters in Abuja said they bear no form of grudge against the excesses of the Police on the matter.

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Akoh who alongside his officers conducted an assessment of the PCN premises said the corps as a paramilitary body will partner with the Nigeria Police to tackle the high level of insecurity in Nigeria.

Noting that the action of the Police and the inspector general of Police, Mohammed Ahmed, was predicated on the directive by the Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, the PCN's national commandant said he received the news with great joy.

"While we viewed this intervention by the Federal Ministry of Justice as a vindication on our part, and the recourse to the rule of law by the Federal Government, we wish to place it on record that our experiences since our ordeal started on February 28, 2017, when this edifice was being commissioned, is highly traumatizing and indeed a tortuous journey to achieving social justice," Akoh said.

"However, I wish to state at this point that, this organization and its leadership bear no grudges or animosity against any agency or individual," Akoh added.

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The national commandant said the predicament of personnel of the PCN will be seen as an act of God and a sacrifice or a price that the corps had to pay in the task of nation-building.

Akoh said that the Peace Corps suffered a loss over N120 million loss in the form of damages done to the physical infrastructure, furniture and equipment installed before the commissioning.

"This is in addition to the gross misrepresentation, misconception and the psychological damages on members nationwide," Akoh said.

3-years after, Police bow to pressure, unseal Peace Corps office
The Peace Corps of Nigeria's national commandant said he received the news with great joy.
Source: UGC

"We have collectively resolved to put the past challenges behind us and we will remain focused on how to embark on confidence-building and institutional synergy with the Police and other relevant agencies," he said.

He also commended the AGF for his intervention in the matter and for giving effect to the rule of law.

Akoh said the cornerstone of every ideal democracy is ensuring that justice is delivered.

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"In the same vein, we wish to appreciate the effort of the current Inspector General of Police, Mr Muhammed Adamu, for his commitment to professionalism, the rule of law and respect for the fundamental human rights of the citizenry," Akoh said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the AGF had ordered the Nigeria Police and the IGP to unseal the headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria.

The order which was given by the AGF on Friday, February 28, was made available in a letter of instruction to the IGP.

Malami in his letter directed that the headquarters of the Peace Corps in Abuja be sealed off by the Police.

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Also, a senior advocate of Nigeria, Kanu Agabi, earlier petitioned the AGF to prevail on the Nigeria Police to obey court orders over the sealing of the Peace Corps office in Abuja.

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Agabi in a letter dated Thursday, January 16, said that despite subsisting judgements and orders from various courts were never upturned or appealed against, the Nigeria Police.

Also, the Senator representing Borno South in the National Assembly, Ali Ndume, had reintroduced a bill seeking to establish the Nigeria Peace Corps to help combat insecurity in the country.

Ndume introduced the bill during plenary on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, along with six other bills read for the first time in the Senate.

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