Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dickson Akoh, has pleaded with President Muhammad Buhari to direct and orders the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to unseal its headquarters in following many court orders.
The Commandant while speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday said; “In view of the landmark ruling yesterday coupled with other previous judgements and the resolution of the House of Representatives, we wish to renew our appeal, as part of our last resort, to President Muhammadu Buhari, to please direct the Inspector General of Police to order his men to vacate the premises of the headquarters of our organisation in the interest of equity, fairness and justice.
“We are also appealing to the Attorney-General of the Federation, the National Human Rights Commission, Civil Society Organisations, Human Rights Activists and other well-meaning Nigerians to urgently intervene in this regard, especially in prevailing on the Nigeria Police to respect the rule of law as a frontline Law Enforcement Agency,” Mr Akoh stated.
“The clampdown and the purported charges against me and indeed this organisation were essentially to stop Mr President from assenting to the NPC Bill and stopping the Legislative Arm of Government from doing the needful.”
“We are ever ready to defend ourselves before any court of law as it is our wish to clear ourselves of any allegations.
“In a civilised society where the Rule of Law is supreme and respected by institutions of government and individuals, it is expected that the police comply with valid court orders and subsequently come before the court to prove its allegations against us, if any at all.”
“The action of the IGP in disobeying valid court orders with brazen impunity and his selective victimisation of innocent Nigerians must be quite disturbing to all lovers of democracy.
“The truth is that, he is only courting more enemies for this administration that is known for its strong aversion to all manner of impunities, which is injurious to our president, who is doing all that is humanly possible to place Nigeria on the path of economic and political recovery,” he said.