Court Orders Police to Unseal Headquarters of Peace Corps, Pay N12.5m Damages


The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday ordered the Nigeria Police to unseal the headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) and pay N12.5 million naira as damages to the outfit.

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

Security agencies led by the Nigeria Police stormed the Peace Corps headquarters on February 17, after which the National Commandant of the corps, Dickson Akoh, and 49 others were arrested.

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

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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