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Peace Corps sues Nigeria Police, SSS, others, wants N2 billion compensation

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has slated May 31 to begin hearing in the enforcement of fundamental human rights suit against the Nigeria Police and four others.

The suit was filed by the Trustees of the Peace Corps of Nigeria and its National Commandant, Dickson Akoh, who asked N2 billion as compensation.

On Monday, at the hearing, Tijani Gazali, counsel to the Director-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, asked the court for more time to regularise the processes filed on behalf of his client.

Mr. Gazali said that the name of the Director-General of the DSS was omitted in the counter affidavit filed on behalf of his clients and sought for a short adjournment to enable him correct the anomalies on the counter-affidavit, and to reflect the name of Director-General of the DSS.

The judge, Gabriel Kolawole, adjourned the case to May 31, since there was no objection to the application for adjournment.

The peace corps through its counsel, Kanu Agabi had demanded N2 billion as compensation for the embarrassment caused it due to arrest and detention of its personnel by security operatives.

The suit also wants the court to declare as illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional the arrest of Mr. Akoh and other officials, as well as the sealing of its headquarters in Abuja and offices in the 36 states.

Other demands in the suit include the fundamental rights to acquire and own properties, lawful assembly and freedom of movement guaranteed under Sections 34, 35, 40, 41, and 43 of the 1999 Constitution.

The corps also applied for an order compelling the respondents to un-seal its headquarters and offices nationwide.

The release of seized properties during an unlawful invasion of its office and a perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further sealing its office and disrupting its activities, including its meetings and orientation of its members.

The Police Force, Inspector General of Police, National Security Adviser, the DSS and its Director-General and the Attorney-General of the Federation are the respondents in the suit.

 

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