REPS GIVE POLICE 48 HOURS TO VACATE PEACE CORPS HEADQUARTERS

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The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions has 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.

A group, known as the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations for Justice and Equity, had on January 25, 2018, petitioned the House, accusing the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, of flagrantly disobeying subsisting court orders in favour of the Peace Corps. This made the House to mandate its committee on public petitions to interface between the parties concerned.

In November, the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the police to unseal the headquarters of the Corps. At the hearing, the Peace Corps boss, Dickson Akoh, told the committee that his organisation had secured 12 court judgements against the Police from various courts of competent jurisdiction.