Court to rule on Peace Corps N2 billion suit against Nigerian security agencies July 6

A cross section of Peace Corps members during their 18th Anniversary
A cross section of Peace Corps members during their 18th Anniversary

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court will on July 6 rule on a N2 billion fundamental rights suit brought before it by a non-governmental organisation, Peace Corps of Nigeria, against security operatives in the country.

The court, presided by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, gave the date on Wednesday after taking arguments from counsel on the matter.

Peace Corps had in its suit requested that the court declares as illegal, unconstitutional and malicious, the sealing off of its office located in the Federal Capital Territory by security operatives after a raid on the office in February.

The organisation, in its suit filed by Kanu Agabi, a former Attorney General of the Federation, prayed the court to declare the arrest of the organization’s executive director, Dickson Akoh, as well as the sealing off of its office as illegal.

Respondents in the suit include the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, the Director-General of the State Security Service, Lawal Daura, and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

According to the applicants, the arrest of Mr. Akoh, and sealing off of the Peace Corps office amounts to an abuse of their rights as enshrined in the constitution.

At the opening of session on Wednesday, counsel representing the IGP, David Igbodo, said the respondents was not disputing the applicant’s right to operate as a non-governmental agency, but that it should remain as such.

“Nobody is disputing the fact that Peace Corps is an NGO. It should operate as an NGO, not try to operate as a security outfit,” said Mr. Igbodo, praying the court to dismiss the application in its entirety.

Responding however, counsel who represented the applicants in court, John Ochogwu, said his client had never operated as a security outfit.

“We have never acted as a security outfit; they have no evidence to support that claim, if they do, let them bring it forth,” said Mr. Ochogwu, during an interview with journalists after the court hearing.

Mr. Ochogwu said the organisation is a lawful body and that the respondents had acted against the constitutional rights of Peace Corps as an organisation, despite court rulings.

He therefore prayed the court to allow the application.

Peace Corps, through its application, is demanding N2 billion in damages from the respondents for the alleged breach of their fundamental rights.


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  • Frank Bassey

    We don’t need another paramilitary outfit. We have had enough. What is Peach Corps going to do different from the others? We are eager to cut down the cost of governance and someone is introducing something that we have no need for – to be funded by the same taxpayers. Please disband the Peace Corps peacefully.

    • Aaron Bage

      That issue can’t be possible, God is able!!!!! So God knows why this organization come up. So Peace Corps is going to duel in Nigerian in Jesus Name Amen .

      • Frank Bassey

        This is not about God; it is about what is practicable. It is the taxpayers that will bear the burden, not God. My question is, What is Peace Corps going to do different from what the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Customs, Immigration, Road Safety, Civil Defence … are doing? Is it not better to properly equip the existing paramilitary outfits to achieve the desired results? What is the need setting up an outfit today, today you can’t pay them? Let us use our heads, please. Oil money is no longer flowing?

        • Obinna

          Bassey I guess u are gainfully employed n that’s why u sound this way as a selfish Nigeria . U should be speaking about greedy politicians who siphons billions that can make country budget not to talk of paying salaries . Talk of governance n not pushing it to young helpless Nigerians looking for something legitimate to do.
          Let us not be creating multiple Evans by supporting youth unemployment . Thank you

          • Frank Bassey

            You are missing the point. Evans did not emerge from unemployment, but from greed. If you want to play Evans, the choice is yours. In case you do not know, about 5 per cent of Nigerian population (government workers) consume 60 per cent of Nigeria’s recurrent expenditure through salaries, wages and overhead. What happens to the remaining 95 per cent who are not government employees? I ask you, assuming we have a PERFECT system today where there are no “greedy politicians who siphons billions” (to use your words), do you think this country will sustain an arrangement where 81,000 Federal civil/public servants, 36 state governors with uncountable commissioners, special assistants and advisers and legion of lawmakers; 774 local government chairmen with countless councilors joined with almost 500 federal lawmakers — everybody drawing salaries and allowances from oil money? Can’t you see why this country cannot make progress? Who are these “young, helpless Nigerians looking for something legitimate to do”? What SKILL do they have? How employable are they? If the essence of Nigeria Peace Corps is to create jobs for the unemployed youth, without defining the objective of the outfit, we are just beating about the bush.

        • Ramond

          Its obvious you are employed that is why u vomit all that from your mouth, have u checked through your records to see that Nigeria is underpoliced? If Peace corps is an avenue to address dat loophole so be it. Nigeria youths need Peace corps to help put food on their tables, to be gainfully employed. U better wake up from your selfish slumber.

          • Frank Bassey

            You sound so hollow, blank, unco-ordinated and abrasive. I can’t see evidence of ’employability’ in you; and this is the challenge with most of our youth. Why could you not engage in simple, intellectual argument, put forward your facts and draw an intelligent, convincing conclusion? I asked a simple question: What will be the role of Peace Corps in an environment that is saturated with para-military outfits and you dabbled into insult and abuse. If employment is the focus, must it be through a para-military outfit? If Nigeria is under-policed, is Peace Corps an alternate Nigeria Police Force (NPF). By the way, the NPF has disclosed that it is embarking on the employment of 10,000 personnel annually? Is Peace Corps part of the arrangement? Are you aware that the FG is planning to prune down the size of its workforce? Are you aware that many public servants at the 3-tiers of government are not receiving (regular) salaries any longer? You better wake up from your ILLUSIVE slumber. If you are praying for Peace Corps, keep praying ….

  • ekene

    I lend my voice to implore the government to sign Nigeria peace Corp
    into law, it will help to curb joblessness of Nigeria youths more so ,
    Nigeria police have failed woefully, they are filled with corruption and
    insecurity is high in the country.