Peace Corps slams N2bn suit against IGP, DSS, AGF

Following the arrest and detention of its National Commandant and 49 others, Peace Corps of Nigeria, PCN, yesterday, dragged the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami, SAN; Inspector General of Police, IGP, Idris Ibrahim and Director-General of Department of State Services, DSS, Lawal Daura, before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Peace Corps is demanding N2 billion from the respondents over alleged unlawful arrest and detention of its officers, including the National Commandant, Ambassador Dickson Akoh, after a team of security men, comprising Police and DSS raided its headquarters in Abuja. The plaintiff, through its lawyer, Mr. Kanu Agabi, SAN, prayed the court to declare as illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional, the arrest of Ambassador Akoh and other officers of the corps, as well as the sealing of its head office in Abuja and offices in the 36 states of the Federation. National Security Adviser, NSA, was equally cited as a respondent in the matter.

Besides, the plaintiff, prayed the court to declare that the sealing up of their office Headquarters in Abuja was illegal, unlawful, malicious and unconstitutional, having regard to the fact that it never committed any offence to warrant the unlawful invasion and seizure of properties. It also urged the court to declare that members of the Corps are entitled to their fundamental rights to acquire and own properties, lawful assembly, freedom of movement, personal liberty and dignity of their human persons as guaranteed under sections 34, 35, 40, 41, and 43 of the 1999 constitution. Consequently, it applied for an order compelling the respondents to unseal the Headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria and its offices nationwide. It further wants the court to order the respondents to release properties seized during “the unlawful invasion of the applicants’ office”. The applicants prayed the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents, their privies or agents from further sealing the applicants’ office and disrupting their activities, including its meetings and orientation of its members. As well as for an order restraining the respondents perpetually from further harassing, intimidating, arresting and or detaining members of the applicant in the course of doing their legitimate and lawful duties. Meanwhile, though the case has bee assigned to Justice Gabriel Kolawole, no date has been fixed for hearing.

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