Group gives Nigeria Police 5 days ultimatum to vacate Peace Corps office

Group gives Nigeria Police 5 days ultimatum to vacate Peace Corps office

A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to order his men to vacate the Headquarters the Peace Corps of Nigeria in Abuja in five days.

The coalition warned that if its demand is not met, they would mobilise “all Civil Society Organisations, students, youths and concerned Nigerians” to occupy the “Force Headquarters demanding the resignation of the IGP.”

The groups made the call while highlighting some of the Gross Misconducts and unlawful activities of the police boss and was contained in a statement issued in Abuja.

The Coalitions who gave the warning include, Liberty Nigeria, Save Democracy Initiative, Aid Organisation for Africa, Defense of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution, Pan African Young Women Development Initiatives.

Others are Niger Delta Parliament, Conscience Nigeria, Civil Society for Peace and Good Governance, NEPAD Youth Nigeria, Action for Justice and Development and Consensus for Good Leadership.

They said the continuous “assault by the IGP against the Peace Corps of Nigeria, which as the name implies is known nationally and within the UN system to be one of the most peaceful, purposeful and impactful organisations working towards youth development and nation building,” is unacceptable.

Noting that there is nowhere it is recorded that the Corps perpetrated any form of civil disobedience across Nigeria, the coalition insisted that the Ambassador Dickson Akoh-led Corps has contributed immensely in the “re-orientation of thousands of hitherto disillusioned youths, redirecting their energies from negative preoccupations to productive activities.”

A statement by the coalition reads in part, “The most shameful development is the unlawful sealing of the newly rented headquarters of the PCN by the order of the inspector general of police since February 28, 2017 till date, over the unchanging and repeated allegation of collecting forty thousand naira from members at the point of enrolment.

“We had long taken upon ourselves to make an in-depth and independent inquiries into this matter and discovered that monies cover the cost of quality uniforms, jungle boots, accommodation for one month in training , training fees , documentations and other logistics while leaving a very minimal fraction for the running and maintenance of the administrative structures of the corps

“This as far as we are concerned is normal, lawful and expedient. All voluntary uniformed organizations in Nigeria such as Man O’war, Scout, Faith Based Organizations, all charge monies to provide uniforms to members. They charge monies for trainings, excursions, workshops, etc. One then wonders why that PCN has become criminal and a matter of concern to the inspector General of Police.

“There seem to be an unending legal battles between the force and the corps, of which, we are aware, that the PCN has won about eleven cases against the police.

“The most shameful development is the unlawful sealing of the newly rented headquarters of the PCN by the order of the inspector general of police since February 28, 2017 till date, over the unchanging and repeated allegation of collecting forty thousand naira from members at the point of enrolment.

“We have long taken upon ourselves to make an in-depth and independent inquiries into this matter and discovered that monies cover the cost of quality uniforms, jungle boots, accommodation for one month in training , training fees , documentations and other logistics while leaving a very minimal fraction for the running and maintenance of the administrative structures of the corps

“This as far as we are concerned is normal, lawful and expedient. All voluntary uniformed organizations in Nigeria such as Man O’war, Scout, Faith Based Organizations, all charge monies to provide uniforms to members. They charge monies for trainings, excursions, workshops, etc. One then wonders why that PCN has become criminal and a matter of concern to the inspector General of Police.

“If the headquarters of a well meaning organizations and social service provider like PCN could be sealed for flimsy and unsustained accusations of tasking members for uniforms and training, one then wonders why the force headquarters of the Nigeria Police should not be immediately put under lock and keys, considering the grievous indictments against the IGP.

“It becomes a big wonder that the same IGP profusely complaining against the National Assembly  for closing down the police post at the National Assembly without court order, calling it an illegal act by the noble lawmakers, while the IGP in same breath flagrantly and wickedly closed down the PCN Headquarters on its day of commissioning without any court order. What a contradiction!

“It is now obvious that there is either a political undertone or personal beef to this situation. Today we have at our disposal some recordings of a private meeting involving the IGP where he swore to frustrate the PCN and ensure that the bill passed by the national assembly ends without receiving Presidential  Assent.

“This shameful act by the Inspector General of Police is an affront to the entire civil society body of Nigeria and an ugly development that has portrayed a very negative image of the Nigerian Security Agencies and Government before the international community.

“If such impunity is allowed to persist we believe this lawless act may be further perpetrated against any other Civil society organization.”

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