We Will Unseal Peace Corps Building – Police

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Commandant of Peace Corps, Akoh

The Nigeria Police Force has given assurances of its readiness to comply with the House Committee directive to vacate the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) headquarters.

This was disclosed by the Abuja commissioner of police, Sadiq Bello, in a phone conversation with the national commandant of the PCN, Amb Dickson Akoh.

He said the unsealing of the building would take place before the next sitting of the House Committee on Public Petitions.

Akoh, addressed newsmen when he led the PCN officials to the Corps’ premises in Jabi, demanding for the office to be opened.

He said: “Since they have for the first time spoken to us in a very humane manner, we will not disrespect superior order, we respect constituted authority and in that spirit we will leave.

“The CP has intervened and we will disengage because we are peaceful people and their approach was very civil.

“If this matter had been handled this way by the then CP, engaging and discussing with us, it would not have got to this level,” he said.

Akoh appealed to the federal government to assent to the PCN Bill which had been forwarded to the President since January.

The Nigeria Police Force had been given a 48-hour ultimatum to vacate the headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria.

The ultimatum, handed by the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions on Tuesday, has asked that the police unseal the building it put under lock and key on February 28, 2017.

The committee came to the decision during a public hearing it held on the matter after receiving a petition by a group known as the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations for Justice and Equity.

The group, in its petition sent in on January 25, 2018, accused IGP Ibrahim Idris of disobeying subsisting court orders which are in favour of the Peace Corps.

The next sitting of the investigative hearing by the House Committee on Public Petitions is Feb. 27.

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