The House of Representatives has ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Idris Ibrahim, to unseal the National Headquarters of Peace Corps of Nigeria within 21 days.
This followed the recommendation of the House Committee on Public Petitions, which conducted investigative hearing into the closure of Peace Corps facilities and the disobedience to subsisting court orders to unseal the premises.
Peace Corps facilities located at number 57, Iya Abubakar Crescent, off Alex Ekwueme street, opposite Jabi lake, Abuja, had been under lock and keys by the Police since February 28, 2017, the day the property was commissioned.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole of Federal High Court, Abuja, had on the 9th November 2017, ordered that the office be unsealed, while awarding N12.5m damages against the Police.
In a similar development, Justice John Tsoho of another division of Federal High Court Abuja, had also, on the 15th January, 2018, given judgement that Police should vacate the Peace Corps office.
None of the judgements was obeyed and no valid stay of execution was obtained by the Police whose operatives and vehicles are permanently stationed at the premises.
Irked by the development, a group under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Society Organisations for Justice and Equity, petitioned the National Assembly, urging it to intervene in order “to save our democracy and insist on rule of law”.
Presenting the report of the investigation to the plenary on Wednesday, chairman of the House Committee on Public Petitions, Hon. Nkem Abonta, said series of invitations were sent to the Inspector General of Police to appear before the committee but he refused to honour.
Abonta also said, the committee obtained a document which showed that, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami wrote to the IGP and advised him to honour the subsisting court orders, “in absence of any appeal or valid stay of execution”.
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