The National Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), Amb. Dickson Akoh who was arrest by Nigeria Police and charge for 90-count has been withdrew by the police on Wednesday.
Kokolevel blog gathered that 90-count charge filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, was withdrawn by the Police, even before the formal commencement of trial.
However, a new 13-count charge has been brought to replace the initially filed 90-count charge.
No reason was given by the Police for the sudden withdrawal of the 90-count charge. It was, however, gathered that, the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) had faulted the bogus charges brought against Akoh early this year.
According to source,the AGF office was said to have described most of the charges as frivolous, baseless and lacking ingredients to substantiate in any court of law.
” AGF was said to have discovered that, most of the count charges earlier filed were duplication of one another, shortly after the corporate office of the PCN was invaded February 28, during its official commissioning in Abuja.
The Police authority has been having running battle with the Peace Corps Commandant in the last one year, with his arrest and 49 others on February 28, 2017.
The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) had faulted the bogus charges brought against Akoh early this year.
Source further said, that A team of legal expert was said to have been put in place by the AGF to review the 90-count charge and came to the conclusion that the charges be reduced and compressed to only 13.
Although, the trial of Akoh was slated for Wednesday, a counsel from the AGF office, Mrs TVC Kuku informed Justice John Tsoho that the AGF had amended the charge and reduced the 90-count charge to only 13, by dropping 77 of the charges in the old charge sheet.
A counsel from the AGF office, TVC Kuku informed Justice John Tsoho that the AGF had amended the charge and reduced the 90-count charge to only 13, by dropping 77 of the charges in the old charge sheet.
The counsel submitted that, the defendant (Akoh), had not been served with the amended charge personally, as required by law and pleaded with the presiding judge to grant adjournment in the matter, to enable the defendant be served in line with the provision of the law.
Counsel to the Defendant, John Ochogwu of Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN) Chamber did not object to the request for adjournment for the prosecution.
Justice Tsoho said, upon discovery that the police acted in bad fate in freezing the accounts in the first instance, he would have no option than to set aside the order of a magistrate court in Wuse and that of the Federal High Court.
Justice Tsoho in his ruling, set aside the order of a magistrate court in Wuse and that of the Federal High Court both in Abuja authorizing the freezing of PCN accounts.
The judge held that the police engaged in gross abuse of court process on the ground that, similar order freezing the PCN accounts was obtained at a magistrate court in Wuse, Abuja and was set aside by the same magistrate court following a counter motion of the PCN.
It will be recalled that the Police, had early in the year, frozen 24 accounts spread across various commercial banks in Nigeria, belonging to the Commandant and other officers of the Corps in various states of the federation.
Also, a coalition of Civil Society Organisations called on the Nigerian police to vacate the headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria in the interest of peace, justice and fairness.
They lambasted the Nigerian police for misleading the Federal High Court and the Nigerian populace about the activities of the Corps, specifically referring to affidavits deposed to by one Sgt. Philip Tumba and filed at the Federal High Court on Monday, 23rd, on behalf of the police.
The Judge said, that it was wrong of the police to have suppressed facts on the Magistrate Court matter before approaching the Federal High Court for the same order, to freeze the accounts, adding that, “from whatever way the matter is looked, the Police acted in bad fate against the court,” thereby ordering the commercial banks to unfreeze the accounts.