Peace Corp boss sues police and SSS, seeks N2b as compensation

Peace Corp boss sues police and SSS, seeks N2b as compensation

- Dickson Akoh, the national commandant of the Peace Corps, was recently arrested and allegedly brutalised by security agents

- The Peace Corps is seeking for a N2 billion compensation for the raiding, arrest and injuries caused its office and boss

The Peace Corps of Nigeria has taken the police authority as well as the Department of State Service (DSS) to court seeking compensation for what its boss suffered in the hands of security agents recently.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has fixed May 31 to commence hearing in the enforcement of fundamental human rights suit brought against the Nigeria Police, the SSS and two others.

The report said the suit was filed by the Trustees of the Peace Corps and its national commandant, Dickson Akoh, who demanded N2 billion as compensation.

Peace Corp boss sues police and SSS, seeks N2b as compensation

Peace Corps and its boss, Akoh, sued the security agents and some government officials reports that Dickson Akoh was recently arrested and allegedly brutalised after a raid on his office.

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Some equipment were also reportedly carted away by security agents.

At the hearing on Monday, May 15, Tijani Gazali, counsel to the director-general of the DSS, prayed the court for time to enable him regularise the processes filed on behalf of his client.

Mr. Gazali said that the name of the Director-General of the DSS was omitted in the counter affidavit filed on behalf of his clients.

He urged the court for a short adjournment to enable him correct the anomalies on the counter-affidavit and to specifically reflect the name of the director-general of the DSS.

There was no objection to the application for adjournment, and the judge, Gabriel Kolawole, adjourned the matter until May 31.

The report said the peace corps, in the suit filed by Kanu Agabi, is demanding N2 billion as compensation for the embarrassment caused it by the arrest and detention of its personnel by security operatives.

It is also seeking the court to declare as illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional the arrest of Mr Akoh and other officers as well as the sealing of its headquarters in Abuja and offices in the 36 states.

The corps is also asking that the court should declare that it is entitled to fundamental rights to acquire and own properties, lawful assembly and freedom of movement.

It argues that this is guaranteed under sections 34, 35, 40, 41, and 43 of the 1999 constitution.

The corps also applied for an order compelling the respondents to unseal its headquarters and offices nationwide.

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It also asked the court to order the respondents to release properties seized during their unlawful invasion of its office.

It prayed the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further sealing its office and disrupting its activities, including its meetings and orientation of its members.

The N2 billion-suit by the corps was instituted against the police, the Inspector General of Police, the National Security Adviser, the DSS and its director-general and as well as the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF).

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