Police re-arrests Peace Corps Commandant in Court

By Naomi Douglas
There was a mild drama at the Federal High Court on Monday, March 20, following the arraignment of Ambassador Dr Dickson Akoh, the Commandant of the newly established Peace Corps of Nigeria
Akoh was brought to the court for arraignment before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court earlier but while the police and the defence team waited for the case to be called up, the court clerk informed the parties that no date was fixed by the court for the matter.
Akoh was just about leaving the courtroom when he was cornered by some police officers in plain clothes.
The Commandant was still discussing with some of his associates who were directing him to a waiting vehicle when he and the other accused persons were cornered by some police officers in plain clothes into a waiting police van.
The police vans – about three – zoomed off in a convoy back to the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
The Nigeria police in a 90-count charge accused Akoh and many others of illegal establishment of a paramilitary organization.
They were also accused of extortion and obtaining by false pretense over N1.4 billion from applicants applying for jobs in the corps.
It would be recalled that two weeks ago, the proposed office for the Peace Corps was raided by the police. Akoh and 49 other officers of the corps were arrested in the process.


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