The Peace Corps of Nigeria has decried continuous harassment of its members by officers of the Nigeria police in Lagos.
The Southwest Zonal Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Mutairu Habib who stated this while speaking with Newsmen in Lagos said there is a court judgment which rule against the police on the harassment of its men.
He appealed to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi and other police officers to desist from harassing its officers across the state.
Habib said thirty-four Peace Corps officials were illegally arrested by the police and arraigned at a Magistrate Court in Oshodi but were acquitted by the Magistrate for want of diligent prosecution on Thursday.
He said the Peace Corps was hit with utmost shock and trepidation when on Friday, 22 September, 2017, 34 of its officers who were on their way to attend a function to commemorate the World Peace Day 2017 which was celebrated worldwide the previous day were arrested and detained by men of the Nigerian Police.
Habib added that the 34 officers were summarily arraigned the following day at the Lagos State Magistrate court, Oshodi, on three count charge of impersonation, conspiracy and breach of peace.
“The matter came up before the magistrate court at four different sittings, at each sitting, the police always failed to appear or bring up witnesses to buttress the three count charges against our officers. The matter came up again on Thursday 18 January, 2018 for trial for the fourth time, all the defendants being present in court as usual. But the police were absent,” he lamented.
According to him, the court eventually struck out the charges against the defendants and discharged all the 34 defendants based on the application of the defendant counsel for want of diligent prosecution.
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