Court Gives Police, DSS, 12 Days To Justify Clampdown On Peace Corps

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has given the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the National Security Adviser (NSA), and the Director General of Department of State Security Services (DSS), a 12-day ultimatum within which to justify the clampdown on the Peace Corps of Nigeria.

The court also ordered them to defend the arrest and detention of the national commandant of Peace Corps, Amb. (Dr.) Dickson Akoh and 49 other members of the corps.

In his ruling on an ex parte motion filed by the Incorporated Trustees of PCN, the court said the respondents must appear in court on March 28, 2017 with affidavit evidence on why an order of interim injunction restraining them from further arresting members of the Corps should not be granted against them.

More so, the court asked them to show in the affidavit evidence to be filed in court before March 28, why the court should not order them to unseal or vacate the headquarters of the PCN.

In the ruling that followed submissions of the former Attorney General of the Federation, Kanu Agabi, for the applicant, Justice Kolawole said that the NSA, Police and DSS must also justify in their affidavit evidence why previous judgments of the court in favour of PCN were not complied with in spite of directive to that effect in writing by the AGF.

Justice Kolawole said he was tempted to grant the prayers of the applicant in the ex parte motion and in view of previous judgments delivered by the court, but decided to give the defendants until March 28, 2017 to enable them respond in affidavit evidence to the brazen breach of fundamental rights of the applicants.

Source: Leadership

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