JUST IN: Court orders police to unseal peace corps headquarters…awards N12.5m damages

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By Suleiman Idris, Abuja

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday ordered the Nigeria Police to unseal the headquarters of the Peace Corps.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole ordered that the building be unsealed within seven days.

This is coming a day after the police dropped the 90-count criminal charges brought against, Dickson Akoh, National Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria.

The court also ruled that N12.5 million be paid to the controversial group as damages.

Security agencies led by the Nigeria Police stormed the Peace Corps headquarters on February 17, after which the head of the organisation, Akoh, and about 49 others were arrested.

The police accused him of using the Peace Corps, registered as a non-governmental organisation, to swindle young job seekers and operate as a para-military agency.

Bur Akoh, who denied the allegations, has since been granted bail.

The Peace Corps seeks to be legalised as a government paramilitary agency and has secured the backing of the two chambers of the National Assembly.

 

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