Court Fixes July 6 For Judgment Over Peace Corps Boss’ Detention

Filed in News by on June 29, 2017

A Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday fixed July 6 for a judgment on the fundamental human rights enforcement suit brought by Peace Corps of Nigeria against the police and other security agencies over the arrest and detention of the group’s leaders on February 28, 2017.

In the suit filed by Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), the Peace Corps boss, Mr. Dickson Akoh, is demanding N2 billion as compensation for the embarrassment caused the Corps by the arrest and detention.

Other reliefs sought by the corps include that the court should declare that it is entitle to fundamental rights to acquire and own properties, organise lawful assembly and freedom of movement.

The defendants in the suit are: the Police, Inspector -General of Police, National Security Adviser, the Directorate of State Services (DSS) and its director-general as well as the Attorney-General of the Federation.

When the matter came up for hearing yesterday, Agabi raised some questions for determination

He said: “The question for determination is whether the first applicant (Peace Corps) is a legitimate organisation

“The respondents conceded that this is true, but only concerned that the organisation is engaged in paramilitary activities without substantiating them.

“I submit that the respondents are unable to substantiate their allegations.I urge my lord to grant all the reliefs sought by the applicants.”

Agabi said exhibit attached to the proof of evidence was a police report, which states that the activities of the organisation were legal.

He added that no appeal was recorded against the judgments won by the applicants.

Counsel to first and second respondents David Igbodo submitted that he had filed a counter-motion in opposition to the applicants’ claims.

“We urge this honourable court to dismiss the application. The affidavit of 90-count charge bordering on money laundering, training of militia and engaging in illegal activities, are pending before a high court.

“Their case is lacking in merit and of no consequential order,” he said.

Oyinkole Oshd, counsel to third to sixth respondents, held that in view of Section 35 1c, the arrest and detention can’t be said to be unlawful having been made upon a reasonable suspicion of committing a crime.

After listening to the submissions, Justice Gabriel Kolawole fixed July 6 for judgment.

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