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Court moves against police, DSS, over clampdown on peace corps

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– A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has given the police, DSS and the NSA to justify their arrest and detention of peace corps members

– The presiding Judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, also mandated the NSA, police and DSS to justify in their affidavit evidence why previous judgments of the court in favour of PCN were not complied

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The courts has said the Police, DSS, NSA must appear in court on March 28, 2017 to explain their clampdown on the peace corps.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has given the inspector general of police (IGP), the national security adviser (NSA), and the director general of department of state security services (DSS), a 12-day ultimatum within which to justify the clampdown on the peace corps of Nigeria.

According to Leadership, the court also ordered the respondents to defend the arrest and detention of the national commandant of Peace Corps, Amb. (Dr.) Dickson Akoh and 49 other members of the corps.

The presiding Judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, said the respondents must appear in court on March 28, 2017 with affidavit evidence on why an order of interim injunction restraining them from further arresting members of the Corps should not be granted against them.

The judge also asked them to show in the affidavit evidence to be filed in court before March 28, why the court should not order them to unseal or vacate the headquarters of the PCN.

Justice Kolawole mandated the NSA, police and DSS to also justify in their affidavit evidence why previous judgments of the court in favour of PCN were not complied with in spite of directive to that effect in writing by the AGF.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police has revealed that it carried out a raid on the office of the Peace Corps of Nigeria as it has no right to parade itself as a security outfit no wear uniforms.

The raid was carried out on Tuesday, February 28 while the national commandant of the corps, Ambassador Dickson Akoh was also arrested.

Daily Post reports that in a statement released by the police and signed by Jimoh Moshood, it said the peace corp was a threat to national security as there was intelligence report that it has been infiltrated by terrorists.

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