An Abuja-based human rights activist and legal practitioner, Barrister Ahmed Ajibola Jimoh, has petitioned the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, over the continued flouting of court orders by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris. The IGP has allegedly failed to unseal the sealed corporate head office of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) since February 28, 2017, despite a court order. The activist wants the Acting President to compel the police authorities to respect the rule of law and obey court orders which directed them to unseal the office located at No. 57, Iya Abubakar Crescent, Jabi in Abuja.
In the petition dated August 13, 2018, the petitioner informed Osinbajo of the subsisting two judgements of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which ordered police to unseal the office, but was not obeyed till date. The petition, entitled: “Appeal to Mr. President to compel Police to respect rule of law on Peace Corps of Nigeria”, intimated the Presidency that the Corps as a uniform youth organisation engaging in youth development, nation building, patriotism and neighborhood watch, has been made to suffer untold hardships by the action of Police in sealing up the office unlawfully.
The activist recalled that Justices Gabriel Kolawole and John Tsoho, have at different times, in their judgements issued orders to the Police directing them to unseal the office in the interest of justice and fair play. Jimoh, however, noted with regret that Police rather than obeying the court orders chose to remain adamant by blocking the entrance to the office with a heavy truck and stationed several of its men to prevent the officers and men of the Corps from accessing the office as directed by court. He also informed the Presidency that the flagrant disobedience to court orders and utter disregard to the rule of law by the Police, run counter to the tenets of democracy, warning that Police actions are capable of causing anarchy in the country.
The activist warned that the use of naked powers and oppression against the youth in the Peace Corps of Nigeria, who are being prepared for a bright future, were capable of spelling doom for the nation and therefore urged Osinbajo to passionately wade into the matter and order Police to vacate the office in compliance with court orders. Jimoh stated that the attitude of Police in the matter of Peace Corps was worrisome because the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, being the Chief Law Officer, had twice written the Inspector General of Police directing him to obey the court orders in the matter of Corps, but that the directives were treated with levity by the Police.
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