CSOs reopen Peace Corps office


Following a Federal High Court order issued against the Nigerian Police Force over the sealing of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) office, the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations for Justice and Equity (CCSO-JE) has enforced the judgement on the Police by unsealing the building.

Justice Gabriel Kolawale, in a judgement on November 9, ordered the police to unseal and vacate the office with immediate effect.
The judge also imposed a fine of N12.5miilon on the police for breaching the fundamental rights of the Peace Corps National Commandant, Ambassador Dickson Akoh and 49 others with unlawful arrest and detention.

A legal practitioner and President of Lawyer Integrity Crusade Network, Mr. Edward Omaga, led about 15 civil groups who stormed the new headquarters and opened the office following the refusal by the police to obey the court order.

The groups armed with the court order told the police who barricaded the gate that they were there to enforce a valid court order.

The Police on ground, without resistance, drove away an unmarked Honda Bullet car, which was used by police to block the gate.

While the groups were in the premises of the Peace Corps, one of the officers contacted the FCT command on phone on the development leading to deployment of about 100 fully armed to the scene.

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