By Olawale Abdul-fatah
The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), has demanded that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, respect the judgement of the Abuja High Court and immediately unseal its headquarters and stop harassment of its members.
PCN also demanded that the Nigerian Police pay the N12.5 million compensation directed by the court for their action against them.
The law enforcement agency’s demand came barely days after Justice Gabriel Kolawole ordered that the building be unsealed within seven days and also ruled that the sum of N12.5 million be paid to us as damages.
Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, South-west zonal Commandant of PCN, Mutairu Habib, on Tuesday, said despite the court order the police has refused to obey the court order,
“We hereby call on the Inspector General of Police and the Nigerian Police Force to respect the court order and desist from the unnecessary harassment and intimidation of our members, unseal our headquarters, and pay the damages as instructed by the court.”
He reiterated that the Peace Corp of Nigeria is a peaceful UN recognized organization with the primary objective of promoting peace in our beloved nation Nigeria.
Habib said the corps do not carry arms and not in contention with any existing security agency of government or in competition with any other organization.
“We wait anxiously; President Muhammadu Buhari’s a assent to the Peace Corps Bill, which is sure to provide jobs for thousands of able-bodied youths across the length and breadth of the nation, and promote peace and unity which is a vital component in our drive to entrench a lasting democracy, a thriving economy, and sustained socio-economic development.