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Peace Corps & Police In Fresh Disagreement Over Closure Of Office

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Members of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) yesterday engaged the Nigeria Police Force over the continued closure of its head office complex near Jabi Lake in Abuja.
The PCN at a rally/protest in front of the office complex had demanded the police obey Court order asking the police to immediately open its head office which it shut down over a year ago.
Speaking at the protest, the national commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dr Dickson Akoh, said the PCN is non violent organisation and only wants it’s rights be enforced as directed by the Court.
“We are here to assumed jurisdiction of our office as ordered by the court and the National Assembly. This place is the premises of PCN in which over N13 million was paid as rent annually. One year has passed and we are in the second year without making use of it. “If the federal government is not interested in empowering the youths in the country, they should allow the PCN to operate the way it has been operating in the past,” he said.
While calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the police to vacate its office in the spirit of fairness and justice, he said the PCN is losing patience in the long occupation of its office.
Akoh, insisted that the rule of Law must be allowed to take its place. He urged all Nigerians to call on Mr President to ensure justice is done to the group on the protracted faceoff between the police and PCN. The protesting members were later dispersed by a detachment of the police using tear gas.
Recall that the police shut down PCN head office in Abuja in February 2017 which according to the police authority, the order proscribing the existence and operations of the organisation is still in force.
A Federal High Court recently ruled that the office be opened. But the police said they have appealed the judgment and filed a stay of execution. They said they took the steps “in the interest of National Security and Public Safety”.


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