Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has declared as “an act of illegality”, the continous sealing of the workplace of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) by the Nigeria Police.
Ruling on a movement filed by the Nigerian Police, searching for the court docket to grant it depart to seal the workplace of the Corps, the Judge ordered the Police to right away unseal the workplace.
The judgemnet is coming over two months after Justice Gabriel Kolawole of Federal High Court in Abuja ordered rapid opening of the National Headquarters of the Corps.
The company headquarters of the Corps situated at No 57 Iya Abubakar Crescent, off Alex Ekwueme approach, reverse Jabi Lake, Jabi, Abuja, had been below lock and keys since 28th February, 2017, when the Police raided the premises and arrested the National Commandant, Amb (Dr.) Dickson Akoh and 49 different officers.
The Nigerian Police had, nevertheless, denied sealing the workplace earlier than the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Counsel to the Nigerian Police within the ongoing amended felony cost towards Akoh, JC Idachaba, had on Nov. eight 2017, moved a movement, asking the court docket for an order to seal the National Headquarters of PCN.
The movement of discover which was filed on Oct. four 2017, has 16-paragraph affidavit deposed to by one Sergeant Philip Tsumba and 17-paragraph written tackle.
Idachaba denied the truth that the workplace had been sealed ab initio, saying the Defendant Applicant couldn’t produce any proof to compel the court docket to consider that the workplace was sealed.
On his half, Counsel to the PCN, John Ochogwu, prayed the court docket to assist unseal the workplace as his consumer, the PCN had suffered hardship because the workplace was sealed 11 months in the past.
The counsel had additionally filed a movement on discover on Oct. 62017, searching for an order of the court docket to unseal the Peace Corps workplace.
The movement which was supported by a 20-paragraph affidavit deposed to by one Barr. Ogar Christopher Ogar with written addresses and four displays, mentioned the Nigerian Police had sealed the Peace Corps workplace because the day it raided the premises on Feb. 28 2017, when the National Commandant of the Corps, Akoh and 49 others had been arrested.
Barrister Ochogwu tendered image evidences, exhibiting the workplace was below lock and keys with heavy presence of the Nigerian Police and Police Van.
He prayed the court docket to mandate an officer of the court docket to go to the mentioned workplace with the view to ascertaining the veracity or in any other case of the declare that the Police sealed the workplace.
Delivering his ruling on the applying by the Police to seal the already sealed Peace Corps Office, Justice Tsoho, on Monday declared that the applicant was searching for an order to “legalise the illegality” it has dedicated 11 months in the past.
He berated the Nigerian Police for not approaching the court docket to hunt order to seal-off the Peace Corps workplace earlier than taking it below lock and keys.
The Judge due to this fact, declared the continual siege on Peace Corps workplace unlawful and ordered that “the office be unsealed forthwith”.
Reacting to the judgement, the National Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dickson Akoh mentioned the Police had no choice than to obey the court docket judgement.
“If the Police wants to continue to prosecute criminal cases in court or press charges against anyone in the court of law, then it must obey court judgments,” Akoh mentioned.