Peace Corps, others to know fate on July 6

Peter Bahago, Abuja

A High Court sitting Abuja on Wednesday has fixed July 6, to deliver judgement on a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by the Peace Corps of Nigeria, PCN and 49 others against the Inspector General of Police.
Other defendants in the suit are the Nigerian Police, National Security Adviser NSA, Director General of State Services and the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF.
Counsel to the PCN, Mr. Kanu Agabi, SAN, in his argument told the court that in view of the pendency of the suit, the Police took over the property of the plaintiff.
He argued that the questions to be determined by the court include whether the PCN is a legitimate organisation, stressing that it was a point the respondents conceded to.
He noted that the contention of the respondents is that PCN carry out operations that is military and paramilitary.
Mr. Agabi also drew the attention of the court to various exhibits he tendered, one of which was a police investigation report which the police affirmed that the objectives of the organisation were legal.
In addition, counsel to the PCN referred the court  to the judgement of a sister court delivered by Justice Umar Mohammed, which had declared that the Peace Corps of Nigeria was legal.
Meanwhile, counsel to the Inspector General of Police Mr David Igbodo argued that contrary to the plaintiff’s assertion in the judgement of Justice Umar, the court had said that if a lawful organisation was found to be engaged in unlawful activities, it is imperative for the security organisation to take necessary step.
Justice Kolawole after listening to arguments from both counsels fixed July 6 for ruling on the application.
It would be recalled that Peace Corps of Nigeria had on March 9, 2017 dragged the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS) to court over the unlawful arrest and detention of its National Commandant, Mr. Dickson Akoh and 49 others.