The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to unseal its corporate headquarters as has been directed by over 15 valid court judgements.
The corps claimed it had secured over 15 valid court judgements against the Police and other security agencies in Nigeria, in which none has been obeyed as their Abuja headquarters remains sealed by the Police.
National Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Amb. Dickson Akoh has claimed the organization pays as much as N13.5m rent annually on the sealed office.
It said, despite two subsisting court orders; resolution of the House of Representatives; the letter of authority from the Attorney-General of the Federation; the interventions from the Civil Society Organizations and National Human Rights Commission, the Police have failed to vacate the property.
Sequel to this, Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court Abuja, last Tuesday, through a ruling, restrained the Police and IGP Idris, from further harassing the corps boss, Akoh, or prosecuting him on any ground, until all previous court judgements are obeyed.
Akoh, briefing journalists on the judgement said the Peace Corps remains a non-confrontational and law abiding organization and has explored all lawful means, including seeking political solutions to its ordeal, but to no avail.
He said: “In view of the landmark ruling yesterday coupled with other previous judgements 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 organization 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 Organizations, 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.”
The Peace Corps boss further stated that his organization 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.
“We are ever ready to defend ourselves before any court of law as it is our wish to clear ourselves of any allegations,” he pledged.
Akoh noted the situation will pain the country in a bad light before the international community, after the Police have failed to obey over 15 valid court judgements.
“The truth is that, he is only courting more enemies for this administration that is known for its strong aversion to all manner of impunities, 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,” he stressed.
National headquarters of Peace Corps of Nigeria located at number 57, Iya Abubakar crescent, off Alex Ekwueme Street, opposite Jabi lake, Jabi, Abuja, has been under lock and keys by the Police since February 28th, 2017, the day the office was officially launched.