Nigeria Police Promises To Unseal Peace Corps Office
The Police have given an assurance that it will unseal the Headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria before the next sitting of the investigative hearing by the House Committee on Public petitions.
Hundreds of Members of the Peace Corps of Nigeria and a Coalition of Civil Society Organisations for Equity and Justice had converged on the office chanting solidarity songs.
Addressing The Area Commander told the National Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dr. Dickson Akoh that discussions were on going between the FCT Commissioner of Police and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris towards resolving the issues surrounding the sealing of the office since February last year.
The Area Commander said he was directed by the FCT Commissioner of Police to make the appeal to members of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, who converged to take possession of the office.
The National Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dr. Dickson Akoh said that he led members of the organisation to the office following a directive by the House Committee on Public Petitions, which urged the Corps to take possession of the office within forty-eight hours of its sitting on Monday.
“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.
Dr Akoh appealed for the urgent intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari as the office was on an annual rent of thirteen point five million Naira, which had elapsed without usage.
The Convener of the Civil Society organizations, Comrade Olayemi Success stressed the need for every institution of government, especially the police, to obey court injunctions.
The next sitting of the investigative hearing by the House Committee on Public Petition, on the petition filed by the Coalition of Civil Society organizations for Equity and Justice is on the 27th of this month.
The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions had some days ago directed the police to vacate the headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria in Abuja which has been sealed by its operatives since February 28, 2017.
The panel gave this directive at a public hearing on Tuesday, after deliberating on a petition written to the House of Representatives last month.
BY: Nkiru Njemanze/Abuja