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Stop harassing our men, Peace Corps commandant tells Lagos CP

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The Peace Corps of Nigeria, yesterday, asked the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi and other policemen to stop harassing its officers across the state.

The Southwest Zonal Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Mutairu Habib, at a briefing, yesterday, said with the court’s judgement, which ruled against the Police on the harassment of its men, he hopes the Police, would be more civil in its engagement with his officers.

He said they were hit with utmost shock when on Friday, 22 September, 2017, 34 of their officers who were on their way to attend a function were arrested and detained by the Police.

He stated that the officers were summarily arraigned the following day at the Lagos State Magistrate court, Oshodi, on three count charges, the charges of impersonation, conspiracy and breach of peace.

Habib said the defense counsel objected to the request/application for a further date, referring the court to court records at the last date being December 6th, 2017, wherein the counsel for the defendant made an application to the court for the matter to be struck out off the course list (court list) based on want of diligent prosecution.

He explained that after the application by the defense counsel, the court struck out the charges against the defendants and discharged all the 34 defendants based on the application of the defendant counsel for want of diligent prosecution.

“We hereby call on the Commissioner of Police and the Police to respect the court order and desist from unnecessary harassment and intimidation of our members,” he said.


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