Thursday, February 18, 2021

Again, police detain Peace Corps boss, Dickson Akoh


Jaafar Jaafar
A graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief o Daily Nigerian
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By Umar Bello

The Nigeria Police, on Sunday, detained the National Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dickson Akoh.

Mr Akoh, who had just arrived Abuja from where he has been receiving traditional treatment for ulcer and pile, decided to turn himself in, at the FCT Command of the Nigeria police, after being told that the police were looking for him.

A source at the command headquarters disclosed that Mr Akoh arrived at about 5.40pm, where he had a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of CID, officer in charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.

No reason was been given for this latest arrest as Journalists were turned back by the Police at CID Headquarters, saying the DC CID had stepped out of office.

The officers of the SARS) also fired gunshots on the air to dispatch Journalists who had besieged the office where Akoh is being held.

Addressing journalists on the issue, the corps spokesperson, Patriot Umoru, confirmed the detention of Mr Akoh.

“The National Commandant and 49 others were kept in Police detention 2 weeks ago for days, without food and water. As a result, he developed ulcer and was advised to take traditional medicine.

“He just returned from his village this afternoon and was told that the police came to look for him on Friday. He decided to visit the Police Commissioner to know why they were looking for him, then the DC CID ordered that he should be detained.

“Let it also be known that there was one Police officer who goes by the name, ‘Abdullahi’, ranting and threatening that he would kill Dickson Akoh, in the presence of the DC CID and others.

“As I speak to you, if anything happens to Dickson Akoh, the Police and Mr. Abdullahi should be held responsible”, Umoru said.

It could be recalled that Akoh and 49 other officers of the Corps were arrested on 28th of February, 2017, the day the National Headquarters of the Corps was launched.

The corps, however, got a judgement against the Nigerian Police and DSS on March 17 when Justice Gabriel Kolawole gave a 12-day ultimatum that the national and zonal offices of the corps be unsealed.

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