Again, police arrest Peace Corps commandant

Peace Corps
Peace Corps

Dickson Akoh, the national commandant of the Nigerian Peace Corps, has been detained by the Nigeria police, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

Mr. Akoh, 43, was taken to a facility belonging to the police special anti-robbery squad in Abuja hours after turning himself in, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

Although the police have not officially confirmed Mr. Akoh’s arrest, PREMIUM TIMES visited the facility where he is being detained at the police command headquarters in Abuja and confirmed that the Peace Corps leader was arrested.

The arrest came three weeks after the police, in a joint operation with the Nigerian Army and the State Security Service, stormed the Peace Corps head office in Abuja and arrested Mr. Akoh and several others.

Millicent Umoru, spokesperson for the Peace Corps, condemned the latest arrest and demanded immediate release of her principal.

Ms. Umoru said Mr. Akoh should not have been detained because he acted as a “responsible citizen” and “submitted himself to authority.”

She added that Mr. Akoh’s health had become fragile following his arrest weeks ago, warning that the police would be held responsible should anything happen to him.

“He came all the way from Benue State after learning that the police were looking for him,” Ms. Umoru said. “He shouldn’t have been arrested for simply being a law-abiding citizen with regards to constituted authority.”

The police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, and his Abuja command counterpart, Anjuguri Manzah, said they didn’t immediately have comments about the development Sunday night.

In separate telephone exchanges, Messrs. Moshood and Manzah promised to get back to this newspaper with their findings later.

Authorities slammed a 90-count charge of recruitment scam, money laundering and impersonation to the tune of N1.4 billion on Mr. Akoh and his comrades last week.

The Peace Corps countersued, demanding billions of naira in damages.


DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD:DIABETES Is CURABLE! Don't Let It Threaten You! To NORMALIZE Your Blood Sugar In 21Days For Life, Click Here!!!.


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.


  • International games

    They should leave this man alone. If this country had been the one to choose, this world would have no boys scouts or girls guide due to our leaders; fears or ghosts.