CSOs petition reps over police ‘refusal’ to reopen Peace Corps headquarters  

The Coalition of Civil Society Organisations for Justice and Equity (CCSOJE) has petitioned the house of representatives over the “total disregard of court judgements” by Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police.

The group accused the IGP of refusing to unseal the office of the Nigerian Peace Corps against court orders.

In November, a federal high court in Abuja ordered the police to unseal the headquarters of the corps which had been cordoned off since February.

The place is, however, reportedly still under seal by the police despite the court ruling.

An attempt by the coalition to reopen the place had resulted in a clash with the police officers stationed at the premises.

The petition, submitted at the commencement of plenary on Wednesday by Rita Orji, a lawmaker from Lagos state, was signed on behalf of the CSOs by Olayemi Success.

The CSOs urged the lawmakers to summon Idris and Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), to explain why the subsisting court orders were “flagrantly” disobeyed.

“It is a strange act that smacks of mischief for the attorney-general of the federation who is the chief law officer of Nigeria to advise the inspector-general of police to comply with judgements of court and he shows recalcitrance or reluctance to obey,” the petition read.

“We have it on authority that the incumbent attorney-general of the federation wrote to the IGP recently to obey the court judgements in favour of Peace Corps of Nigeria, but the IGP has refused to unseal the office.”

They urged the house to intervene in the matter and compel the IGP to obey standing judgements on the issue.

The petition was referred to the house committee on public petitions for consideration and further actions.