PEACE CORPS OF NIGERIA NATIONAL COMMANDANT AND OTHERS RELEASED

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[Abuja]–The Commandant of Peace Corps, Dickson Akhor, has been released by the Nigerian Police Force.

Recall that men of the Police Force in conjunction with the Department of State Services, DSS, had on Tuesday arrested Akoh when they invaded the new national headquarters of the Corps.

The Corps whose Bill had been passed by both chambers of the National Assembly and currently awaiting the assent of the President, has recently come under assault by security agencies.

Meanwhile, the police yesterday, while parading the Corps commandant, explained why its operatives and personnel from other security organs raided the Peace Corps office.

Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood said during the parade at the Force Headquarters in Abuja that the arrest was carried out by a joint operation with personnel from the military and department of state services (DSS) on 28th February 2017.

The operation was carried out after the official opening ceremony of the National Headquarters of the Corps and saw the arrest of the National Commandant, and 45 others.

The police invaded the premises around 11.30pm on Tuesday, when the event for the official opening of the office had rounded off and the National Commandant was leaving the venue.

Moshood explained that the operation was to halt and rid the country of illegal and unlawful security outfits constituting national security threat and threat to the protection of life and property of Nigerians across the country.

“Credible intelligence reports at the disposal of the Force revealed that some of these illegal security outfits have started acquiring weapons and conducting covert military training in different locations across the country”, Moshood said

“It is evident that in 2013, Federal Republic of Nigeria official Gazette dissolved and proscribed illegal security outfits.

However, it has been observed that Nigerian Maritime Security Agency NMSA, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Maritime Security Agency and National Task Force to Combat Illegal Importation/Smuggling of Arms and Ammunition, Light and Chemical/Weapons are still operating outside their mandates and purposes for which they were registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission”.

“For avoidance of doubt the Peace Corps of Nigeria under the leadership of one Akor Dickson was registered as an NGO but with brazen impunity, total disregard to the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, opened illegal training camps in some states of the country, where thousands of youths and other persons without proper background check and screening are receiving covert military training”, he further explained.

“It is consequent upon the above and the veracity of intelligence reports from reliable sources, indicating that subversive elements/groups and terrorist affiliates have infiltrated the Peace Corps of Nigeria secretly to ruin and destroy the existing peace currently being enjoyed in the country that the Peace Corps of Nigeria secret training camps were closed down in the FCT, Kwara and Niger states.”

He also said during the preliminary investigation into the activities of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, it was discovered that personnel of the Corps are extorting money from unwary youths throughout the country under the guise of recruitment.

He said they will be arraigned in court upon completion of investigation.




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