After several legal attempt to recover its premises from the Nigeria police has fell on deaf ears, the house of representatives committee on public petitions, has over the weekend ordered the police to leave the headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria in Abuja.
It was gathered that, the committee gave the police 48 hours to vacate the peace corps headquarters. In her earlier petition, the Peace Corps of Nigeria had written to the house of representatives over the purported refusal of Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, Inspector-general of police, to unseal the headquarters of the organisation.
Recalled that in November 2017, a federal high court in
Abuja ordered the police to unseal the headquarters of the corps, which was not giving prominence since February 2017, as the police has refused to yield to the request, and still kept the office under seal despite the court ruling.
According to Dickson Akoh, the Peace Corps commandant, “Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, instructed the IGP to unseal the headquarters to no avail, there are eleven court judgements in favour of Peace Corps on this issue,” he said.
He further stressed that , there are already five letters from the AGF advising the police to comply with the judgement of the court.”
It was revealed to Journalists that, Nkem Uzoma-Abonta, chairman of the committee, asked Henry Njoku, an assistant commissioner of police in charge of legal affairs, who represented Idris, whether the claim by Akoh concerning the AGF’s letter was true? which he replied: “I cannot confirm that right now.”
On whether there was no subsisting court judgement on the matter’? ,he said, “there is a subsisting court judgement at the court of appeal. Meaning there is an appeal for stay of execution of the judgement before the court of Appeal.”
Reacting to the comment, members of the committee made him to understand that, “the presence of an appeal does not nullify an existing court order .The house of representative committee on public petition had condemned in strong term the arrogation of power by the Nigeria police to constantly occupying the peace corps of Nigeria headquarters. Therefore, in her legislative capacity had ordered that the police vacate the office forthwith, in compliance with court directive.
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