Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Justice and Equity (Coalition-JE), has written a petition to the House of Representatives towards the IG of Police, Ibrahim Idris, accusing him of disobeying courtroom orders on Peace Corps.
The group petitioned the House over what it described as “total disregard of court judgments” by the Inspector-General of Police.
Rita Orji, member representing Ajeromi/Ifelodun federal constituency of Lagos State, learn the petition signed by Comrade Olayemi Success on behalf of the coalition.
The petitioners mentioned that the IGP has fragrantly disregarded varied courtroom judgments towards him and the Police and in favour of the Trustees of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) and its National Commandant, Amb. Dickson Akoh.
The group prayed the home to summon the Police IGP and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), to elucidate why subsisting courtroom orders had been flagrantly disobeyed by them.
“We urge Mr Speaker to name the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Inspector-General of Police, the management of Peace Corps of Nigeria and Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, to know what the issue is.
“It is an odd act that smacks of mischief for the Attorney-General of the Federation who’s the Chief Law Officer of Nigeria to advise the IGP to adjust to judgments of courtroom and he reveals recalcitrance or reluctance to obey.
“Recall that in public listening to on the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, the Police strongly against its passage. On the day the Corps commissioned its new company headquarters after the passage of the Bill by each chambers of the National Assembly, an occasion that was effectively attended by a number of legislators, the Police swooped on the workplace and sealed it up.
“This is an affront on the integrity and sanctity of the nation’s parliament, which cannot happen in any civilised part of the world”, the petition reads partially.
According to the petitioners, the Police had been sealing the places of work of the Corps since 2010 and the corps had been suing the Police and wining the instances.
The group additionally tendered proof of letters written by previous Attorneys-General of the Federation on the 11th March 2010, 19th November 2010 and 30th January 2012, advising the Inspector-General of Police to obey courtroom orders over the harassment and sealing of Peace Corps workplace.
“We also have it on authority that the incumbent Attorney-General of the Federation also wrote to the IGP recently to obey the court judgments in favour of Peace Corps of Nigeria, but the IGP has refused to unseal the office”, the group added.
The petitioners additionally mentioned the press launch of the Nigeria Police as printed in web page 31 of the Nigerian Tribune of 17th January, 2018 and web page 40 of the Blueprint of 17th January, 2018, describing the PCN as “proscribed organisation” was deceptive, as two separate courtroom judgments by Justice Auta J and Justice Chukwu J in 2011 and 2013 respectively, already declared such motion unlawful and affirmed PCN as a lawful organisation.
They prayed the House of Representatives to intervene within the matter and make the IGP to obey all standing judgments towards the Force.
The petition was referred to the House Committee on Public Petitions.
Recall that Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, on ninth November 2017, awarded a value of N12.5m injury towards the Nigeria Police, whereas ordering them to unseal the company headquarters of PCN “forthwith”.
Also, Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court on 15th January 2018, declared as “illegal”, the continual sealing of the PCN workplace, thereby calling on the IGP to instantly unseal the property.