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House of Reps to probe Police IG over Peace Corps

House of Reps to probe Police IG over Peace Corps

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The house of representatives is set to probe the inspector general of police over peace corps, this is as a result of a petition written by Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Justice and Equity (Coalition-JE) accusing the IG of Police, Ibrahim Idris, of disobeying court orders on Peace Corps.

The group petitioned the House over what it described as “total disregard of court judgments” by the Inspector-General of Police.

Rita Orji, member representing Ajeromi/Ifelodun federal constituency of Lagos State, read the petition signed by Comrade Olayemi Success on behalf of the coalition.

The petitioners said that the IGP has fragrantly disregarded various court judgments against him and the Police and in favour of the Trustees of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) and its National Commandant, Amb. Dickson Akoh.

The group prayed the house to summon the Police IGP and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), to explain why subsisting court orders were flagrantly disobeyed by them.

“We urge Mr Speaker to call the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Inspector-General of Police, the leadership of Peace Corps of Nigeria and Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, to know what the problem is.

“It is a strange act that smacks of mischief for the Attorney-General of the Federation who is the Chief Law Officer of Nigeria to advise the IGP to comply with judgments of court and he shows recalcitrance or reluctance to obey.

“Recall that during public hearing on the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, the Police strongly opposed to its passage. On the day the Corps commissioned its new corporate headquarters after the passage of the Bill by both chambers of the National Assembly, an event that was well attended by several legislators, the Police swooped on the office and sealed it up.

“This is an affront on the integrity and sanctity of the nation’s parliament, which cannot happen in any civilised part of the world”, the petition reads in part.

According to the petitioners, the Police had been sealing the offices of the Corps since 2010 and the corps had been suing the Police and wining the cases.

The group also tendered evidence of letters written by past Attorneys-General of the Federation on the 11th March 2010, 19th November 2010 and 30th January 2012, advising the Inspector-General of Police to obey court orders over the harassment and sealing of Peace Corps office.

“We also have it on authority that the incumbent Attorney-General of the Federation also wrote to the IGP recently to obey the court judgments in favour of Peace Corps of Nigeria, but the IGP has refused to unseal the office”, the group added.

The petitioners also said the press release of the Nigeria Police as published in page 31 of the Nigerian Tribune of 17th January, 2018 and page 40 of the Blueprint of 17th January, 2018, describing the PCN as “proscribed organisation” was misleading, as two separate court judgments by Justice Auta J and Justice Chukwu J in 2011 and 2013 respectively, already declared such action illegal and affirmed PCN as a lawful organisation.

They prayed the House of Representatives to intervene in the matter and make the IGP to obey all standing judgments against the Force.

The petition was referred to the House Committee on Public Petitions.

Recall that Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, on 9th November 2017, awarded a cost of N12.5m damage against the Nigeria Police, while ordering them to unseal the corporate headquarters of PCN “forthwith”.

Also, Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court on 15th January 2018, declared as “illegal”, the continuous sealing of the PCN office, thereby calling on the IGP to immediately unseal the property.

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Ahmed Shejri
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Ahmed Shejri

No Peace Corps, no second term, tell Buhari

Christian Iyke
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Christian Iyke

U don’t have to sound that way. Try to be civil pls.

Bassey Bassey
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Bassey Bassey

When is Buhari signing the Peace Corps bill? He can’t continue to keep us in suspense

Miss Seun
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Miss Seun

Why is the Police IG trying to muscle us, don’t worry we will fight to the end

Young AtikU
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Young AtikU

Buhari is a fraud, let vote them out, Atiku will do it

Christian Iyke
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Christian Iyke

This hasn’t called for insult, even if u don’t like him, u have to show some respect at least as the number one citizen of the country.
Thanks.

Barrister sam
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Barrister sam

You are right on this

Kemi
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Kemi

I don’t think we need Peace Corps, we have the police, civil defense, they should abosrb those people into the police or civil defense, too many of these stuff are not good… What will be their duties if I may ask….. Funny country

Christian Iyke
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Christian Iyke

U should have personalised ur comment. U should have said that u didn’t need the Peace Corps instead of using “we”. If there is no need of it, the National Assembly wouldn’t have passed the Bill establishing it into law. I don’t think u know anything about security. U totally sounded like an ignorant fellow.

Ademola
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Ademola

Go on baba, we are behind you, don’t mind all these noise makers.. Sai baba, no body will stop you

Barrister sam
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Barrister sam

Wetin be Peace Corps…. Abeg well done IG.. I hate it when people want to take laws into their own hands

Christian Iyke
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Christian Iyke

I don’t think u are a barrister for real because if u are, u won’t support anybody who defies the rule of law. U should should know that the IGP is power drunk.

Barrister sam
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Barrister sam

Please tell me does Peace Corps have an legal backing? No… Peace Corps is like an awaiting result, until the president signed the Peace Corps bill into law, it remains an illegal organization. The police has the right to treat them as criminal.. I will gladly defend the IG for standing up to uphold the law of the land

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