Police Anti-Riot Squad Cordons Peace Corps office In Abuja, Confront Officers


Vanguard reports Thursday that the officers of the Nigeria Police Force has stormed the national office of the Peace Corps of Nigeria located at Jabi, Abuja, to prevent the corps from taking possession of the office.

According to media report, the House of Representatives had on Tuesday, ordered that the Police should unseal the office within 48 hours, in compliance with the judgements of Justice Gabriel Kolawole and Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Accompanied by the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations and other youth bodies, the Peace Corps Officers advanced to enter their office but were resisted by the police, which also reinforced with Anti-Riot squad.

The Police arrived in 5 hilux vans with Anti-Riot shields and other weapons. But the Peace Corps said it came in peace and bare hands.

National Commandant of the Corps, Amb ( Dr. ) Dickson Akoh told journalists that the Corps was only obeying the court orders and the directive of the House of Representatives.

“We have come in peace. We are peace loving people. If the Police refuses to open the office, we shall go back, we won’t be confrontational with them,”,Akoh said.

Meanwhile, latest report has it that the police has pleaded with the Peace Corps to give them one week to comply with the court orders on the sealed house.
The peace corps Commandant was reported to have been informed that the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris was away to Lagos to attend a National Programme and that he would give final order in respect of the count judgments next week.
After much pleading, Akoh and his officers and men Franspat gathered agreed to leave the place till next week to await the final decision of the police on the orders of court.IMG_20180215_102337

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