Peace Corps slams N2bn suit against AGF, DSS over unlawful arrest

by Azeez Adeniyi

The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) has slammed a N2 billion suit against the Attorney–General of the Federation (AGF) over the unlawful arrest and detention of its National Commandant, Dickson Akoh and 49 others.

Other defendants include the Inspector–General of Police (IGP) and the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS)

The plaintiff’s counsel is demanding for a sum of N2 billion as compensation for the embarrassment caused on the organisation and its Incorporated Trustees.

It described the arrest and detention of its personnel as “an unlawful raid of the organization’s new Headquarters last week by a combined team of Police and the DSS”

It prayed the Federal High Court, Abuja to declare as illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional the arrest of Akoh and other officers of the Corps as well as the sealing up of its Head office in Abuja and offices in the 36 States of the Federation.

The plaintiffs asked the court to declare that the sealing up of their office Headquarters in Abuja is illegal, unlawful, malicious and unconstitutional.

Peace Corps is also asking Justice Gabriel Kolawole to declare that they are entitled to Fundamental Rights to acquire and own properties, lawful assembly, freedom of movement, personal liberty and dignity of their human persons.

They applied for an order compelling the respondents to unseal the Headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria and its offices nationwide and release properties seized during the invasion of their property.

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