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    Trial of Peace Corps commandant adjourned till May

Trial of Peace Corps commandant adjourned till May

The federal high court, Abuja, has adjourned the trial of Dickson Akoh, commandant-general of Nigerian Peace Corps, till May 8.The court adjourned the case because Ahmed Aliko, prosecuting counsel, was absent.Akoh is standing trial for a 13-count charge bordering on fraud. The police had earlier filed a 90-count charge against him.The police also accused the commandant of extorting members of [...]

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    Reps move to override Buhari on Peace Corps bill

Reps move to override Buhari on Peace Corps bill

The house of representatives has resolved to take another look at the Peace Corps bill and 21 other bills which President Muhammadu Buhari did not assent to.The resolution of the lower legislative chamber was sequel to a motion moved by Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, chairman of the committee on public petition, on Thursday.While moving his point of order, the lawmaker complained that [...]

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    Melaye asks senate to override Buhari on Peace Corps bill

Melaye asks senate to override Buhari on Peace Corps bill

Dino Melaye, lawmaker representing Kogi west, has asked the senate to override President Muhammadu Buhari on the bill establishing Peace Corps of Nigeria.The national assembly had passed the bill but Buhari rejected it, citing duplication of duty and funding challenges.On Wednesday, Dino Melaye, lawmaker representing Kogi west, raised a point of order on the bill.Relying on the senate rules, Melaye urged [...]

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    QUESTION: Will national assembly override Buhari on Peace Corps bill?

QUESTION: Will national assembly override Buhari on Peace Corps bill?

After a back-and-forth battle with the nation’s security agencies, the Peace Corps of Nigeria now has more mountains to climb. On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari rejected the controversial Peace Corps bill, about seven months after it was passed by the national assembly. In a letter he wrote to the lawmakers, Buhari cited security concerns and lack of funds as his reasons. WHAT [...]

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    Peace Corps  commandant: Buhari listened to the advice of our opponents

Peace Corps commandant: Buhari listened to the advice of our opponents

Dickson Akoh, commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria, says the rejection of the Peace Corps bill shows there is “conspiracy against the Nigerian youth”.President Muhammadu Buhari withheld assent to the bill on Tuesday, citing security concerns, duplication of roles and lack of funds as his reasons.Addressing journalists after a house of representatives committee meeting on Tuesday, Akoh accused the nation's security [...]

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    Buhari rejects Peace Corps bill

Buhari rejects Peace Corps bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the proposed Peace Corps of Nigeria establishment bill.The president conveyed his rejection of the bill in a letter which Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, read during plenary on Tuesday.The national assembly passed the bill in 2017, after a prolonged battle involving the organisation and the nation's security agencies.Buhari cited security concerns and financial [...]

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    N’assembly may override Buhari if he withholds assent on Peace Corps bill, says senator

N’assembly may override Buhari if he withholds assent on Peace Corps bill, says senator

Mao Ohuabunwa, senator representing Abia north, says he expects President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Peace Corps of Nigeria bill into law.The bill was sent to the president for assent after it was passed by the national assembly in July.Speaking with journalists on Wednesday, Ohuabunwa said there is no reason for the president not to sign the bill.The senator said [...]

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    Reps panel gives police 48 hours to vacate Peace Corps headquarters

Reps panel gives police 48 hours to vacate Peace Corps headquarters

The house of representatives committee on public petitions has ordered the police to vacate the headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria in Abuja.At its meeting on Tuesday, the committee asked the police to vacate the headquarters within 48 hours.The meeting followed a petition written to the house of representatives over the purported refusal of Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, [...]

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

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 [...]

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    Peace Corps tackles police, says ‘we were not proscribed’

Peace Corps tackles police, says ‘we were not proscribed’

The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) says the establishment has not been proscribed by the federal government.Millicent Umoru, the public relations officer of PCN, said this in Abuja on Wednesday at a news conference.The spokesperson faulted a recent statement by the police that the PCN was proscribed by a federal government gazette in 2013.She said the claim held no water, [...]

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    Peace Corps asks court to jail IGP

Peace Corps asks court to jail IGP

The Peace Corps of Nigeria has asked the federal high court, Abuja, to jail Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, for alleged disregard of court orders.The corps made the plea in Form 48 on contempt of court filed before the court on Wednesday.It accused the police of allegedly refusing to vacate the headquarters of the organisation which it sealed since February [...]

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    Drama as police prevent reopening of Peace Corps headquarters

Drama as police prevent reopening of Peace Corps headquarters

There was drama at the headquarters of Peace Corps of Nigeria in Abuja as civil society organisations clashed with the police over an attempt to reopen the premises.Last week, a federal high court in Abuja ordered the police to unseal the premises which had been cordoned off since February.After the court ruling, Dickson Akoh, Peace Corps commandant, had said he [...]

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    Court awards N12.5m to Peace Corps, orders police to unseal its headquarters

Court awards N12.5m to Peace Corps, orders police to unseal its headquarters

A federal high court in Abuja has ordered the police to pay N12.5 million as damages to Peace Corps for unlawful invasion of the organisation's headquarters in Jabi, Abuja.At its sitting on Thursday, the court also ordered the police to unseal the headquarters of the corps.In February, security operatives stormed the organisation's headquarters and arrested Dickson Akoh, its commandant, alongside 48 officials.Six [...]

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    34 Peace Corp officials arrested in Lagos

34 Peace Corp officials arrested in Lagos

The Lagos state police command has announced the arrest of 34 officials of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, a para-military organisation.Olarinde Famous-Cole, spokesman of the command, who disclosed this on Friday, said the officials would be charged to a mobile court on Saturday.“The command has arrested 34 members of the Peace Corps,” he said.“The organisation is illegal, therefore the command [...]

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    Peace Corps will save Nigeria from criminality, says Dalung

Peace Corps will save Nigeria from criminality, says Dalung

Solomon Dalung, minister of youths and sports, says assent to the Peace Corps bill will save Nigeria from "criminality."Dalung said this when he received the harmonised version of the bill from Dickson Akoh, commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria, on Wednesday.The minister said he loses sleep over jobless youths on street. He said if the country does not invest in [...]

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    Senate: We passed a bill on the peace corps introduced by Akoh

Senate: We passed a bill on the peace corps introduced by Akoh

Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, spokesman of the senate, says the peace corps bill passed by the national assembly is the one introduced by Dickson Akoh.On Tuesday, the upper legislative chamber passed the bill after it adopted a conference committee report on the proposal.Akoh, commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, and Chinedu Nneji, commandant-general of National Unity and Peace Corps had [...]

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