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Police arraign Peace Corps commandant, Dickson Akoh after 11 days in detention

Police arraign Peace Corps commandant, Dickson Akoh after 11 days in detention

The Nigeria Police on Wednesday arraigned the National Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria, Amb. (Dr.) Dickson Akoh before an Abuja Federal High Court.

His arraignment is coming 11 days after he has been detained at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the FCT Command.

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TheNewsGuru.com reports that, Akoh was on Sunday 19th March 2017 detained by the police , when he turned himself in, having heard that the Police had declared him wanted.

TheNewsGuru.com reports that the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris on March 2, (Thursday) said that the Peace Corps constitute a national threat and as such its commandant would be charged to court.

TheNewsGuru.com reports that the Police had earlier sued Akoh with a 90-count charge, bordering on extortion of money, wearing of uniform, hoisting of flags, money laundering and running an outlaw organisation, the suit which was first allocated to Justice Gabriel Kolawole.

It was, however, disclosed thereafter, that, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, had transferred the case to Justice J.T. Tsoho’s court.

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TheNewsGuru.com reports that Akoh was first arrested on February 28th, 2017, along 49 others, on the day the National Headquarters of the Corps was launched.

 

Consequently, Justice Gabriel Kolawole issued a 12-day ultimatum to the Nigeria Police, to advance reasons for such treatment.

The Police has, however, reacted to the ultimatum in a counter affidavit deposed to, on 22nd March 2017; denying harassing the Akoh and 49 others.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, the Prosecution Counsel, A.K. Aliyu asked that the 90-count charge be read to the defendant.

Though the Presiding Judge demanded that the count charge be compressed, to enable the court take all while the defendant also take his plea; but Aliyu objected to it.

After reading the count charge for over an hour and with the end not in sight, the court arose for a 20-minute break, to continue with the reading of the remaining count charge.

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