Peace Corp boss sues police and SSS, seeks N2b as compensation

Dickson Akoh, the national commandant of the Peace Corps, was
recently arrested and allegedly brutalised by security agents
- The Peace Corps is seeking for a N2 billion compensation for the
raiding, arrest and injuries caused its office and boss
The Peace Corps of Nigeria has taken the police authority as well as the
Department of State Service (DSS) to court seeking compensation for what
its boss suffered in the hands of security agents recently.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal High Court
sitting in Abuja, has fixed May 31 to commence hearing in the enforcement
of fundamental human rights suit brought against the Nigeria Police, the
SSS and two others.
The report said the suit was filed by the Trustees of the Peace Corps and its
national commandant, Dickson Akoh, who demanded N2 billion as
Peace Corps and its boss, Akoh, sued the security agents and
some government officials reports that Dickson Akoh was recently arrested and allegedly
brutalised after a raid on his office.
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Some equipment were also reportedly carted away by security agents.
At the hearing on Monday, May 15, Tijani Gazali, counsel to the director-
general of the DSS, prayed the court for time to enable him 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.
He urged the court for a short adjournment to enable him correct the
anomalies on the counter-affidavit and to specifically reflect the name of
the director-general of the DSS.
There was no objection to the application for adjournment, and the judge,
Gabriel Kolawole, adjourned the matter until May 31.
The report said the peace corps, in the suit filed by Kanu Agabi, is
demanding N2 billion as compensation for the embarrassment caused it by
the arrest and detention of its personnel by security operatives.
It is also seeking the court to declare as illegal, unlawful and
unconstitutional the arrest of Mr Akoh and other officers as well as the
sealing of its headquarters in Abuja and offices in the 36 states.
The corps is also asking that the court should declare that it is entitled to
fundamental rights to acquire and own properties, lawful assembly and
freedom of movement.
It argues that this is guaranteed under sections 34, 35, 40, 41, and 43 of the
1999 constitution.
The corps also applied for an order compelling the respondents to unseal its
headquarters and offices nationwide.