Court adjourns Peace Corps commandant’s trial indefinitely

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday adjourned the trial of the Commandant of the Peace Corps, Mr. Dickson Akor, indefinitely.

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Justice John Tsoho who gave the verdict said it was due to the fact that the Nigeria Police had yet to obey a previous ruling on the matter.

Akor, who was in court, us being prosecuted by the police for alleged fraud.

Policemen had sealed the Peace Corps office in Abuja, after arresting its commandant and 49 other staff in February 2017.

The Peace Corps is registered as a non-governmental organisation but sought to become a paramilitary agency.

Although the National Assembly passed a bill; to that effect, President Muhammadu Buhari refused to sign it.

Efforts by the lawmakers to veto the president on the decision also failed.

After sealing the Peace Corps building, the police approached the court with a request to legalise the action.

But Justice Tsoho, in a ruling delivered in January faulted the prosecution for approaching the court after acting without regard to the rule of law.

 

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