Police disrupt Peace Corps anniversary rally

 

The Nigeria Police yesterday interrupted a peaceful rally of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) organised to mark its 20th anniversary.

National Commandant of PCN, Ambassador Dickson Akoh, was addressing the media as part of activities for the celebration when the police began shooting sporadically  and dispersed the crowd, consisting officers of the corps, some civil society organisations and journalists.

It would be recalled that Justices Gabriel Kolawole and John Tsoho both of Federal High Court,  Abuja, had in separate rulings, ordered the Police to vacate the property which has been under seal by the operatives.

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) had also written to the Inspector general of Police, Idris Ibrahim, advising that the office be unsealed, “in absence of any appeal or valid stay of execution.”

The House of Representatives, following the report by its committee on Public Petitions, also gave the Police a 21-day ultimatum to vacate the properties but the office still remains closed.

Various civil society organisations and the National Human Rights Commission have also, at different times, intervened in the matter but the Police appear not to be responding to their entreaties.

It was to this end that the National Commandant, again appealed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to obey the rule of law and unseal their officee.

Akoh who lamented that office has been locked since it was commissioned said they ought to celebrate their anniverasary in peace.

“We ought to celebrate our 20th anniversary with lineup of activities, with the police blocking the office, PCN is not a robbery or a kidnappers’ den.

“In advanced countries, even if the magistrate or area court gives order, one must comply, we thereby appeal to the President to call the IGP to order by obeying court order,” he said.

Akoh said although the Attorney General of the Federation had written to IGP to obey court order and the National Assembly also gave a 21 days ultimatum but this has failed to yield any result.

 

 

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