HB 616 Scaled through Second Reading in House of Reps

The Nigerian Peace Corps Bill Title HB 616 Scaled through Second Reading in House of Representatives. The Bill is sponsored by Hon. Joseph Haruna Kigbu. While in the Senate, the bill has scaled through First Reading with the title, SB 502 and Sponsored by Sen. Alkali Jajere.

PCN PRESENTS…THE PEACE AWARDS

The PCN has instituted the Awards of Senior Advocate of Peace, International Peace Medal and International Special Peace Envoy to celebrate and recognize the efforts of those who have worked to end conflict of any kind and promote the culture of Peace in Nigeria in particular and the World at large.

The historic event will take place at Mid-Town East, One United Nations Plaza New York City, 10017-3575, United States of America on May 23rd, 2014, 12:30pm Prompt.

The occasion will be under the Distinguished Chairmanship of the Alaafin of Oyo Kingdom, His Imperial Majesty Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, JP, CFR, L.L.D, while the Special Guest of Honour for the event is Her Excellency Prof. Joy Ogwu the Nigerian Ambassador and representative to the United Nations and the keynote address will be delivered by Prof. Brad Heckman, the Chief Executive Officer, New York Peace Institute, USA.

The PCN was invited to attend the 13th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues between 12th – 23rd May, 2014 during which the Conference will discuss “Principles of good governance consistent with United Nations declaration on the right of Indigenous people: Articles 3-6 & 49” will be presented by High Powered Delegation of the Organization.

The Inauguration of the Peace Awards and its conferment is a Side-Event being organized by the Peace Corps of Nigeria on the last day of the Session.

The Awardees and their entourage as well as other delegates/friends will be treated to a Dinner Party at the Tropical Grill Lounge situated at 153-41 Rockaway Boulevard Jamaica, New York City where Nigerian Cuisine and other African delicacies will be served.

Again, Peace Corps wins case against Police

The Federal High Court in Uyo, sitting before Justice I.L Ojukwu has declared that the invasion of the State Office of the Peace Corps of Nigeria in Akwa Ibom State by the Police in October last year was illegal and unconstitutional.

Delivering judgment in a suit instituted by the Incorporated Trustees of the Peace Corps of Nigeria against the Police, the Court held that it was unacceptable and amounted to gross impunity for the Police to have arbitrarily invaded the Peace Corps Office without recourse to the rule of law.

In granting the reliefs sought by the Peace Corps, Justice Ojukwu granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Police from further arresting, molesting and harassing members of the Corps while carrying out their legitimate activities.

The Court, beside ordering the Police to release with immediate effect to the Organization, all the properties, including Office equipment and Uniform, confiscated by the Police from the Peace Corps Office, ordered the Police to pay N2 million to the Peace Corps as damages incurred.

Justice Ojukwu further held that the Uniform of the Peace Corps is akin to that of National Youth Service Corps, Man ‘O War, School Cadets and other youth uniform organizations.

She therefore said members of the Organization are entitled to their uniform, as it does not breach any law of the Federation.

While reacting to the judgment, the National Commandant of the Corps, Ambassador Dickson Akoh, commended the judiciary for its fairness in judgment.

He said it was indeed pleasing to know that the judiciary still stands firm in defending the common man.

In reiterating that this was the 6th landmark victory won by the Corps against the Police, Ambassador Akoh stated that the refusal of the Police to obey these series of judgments are clear indications that they are making a mockery of the rule of law as it was an affront to the judiciary.

Peace Corps Bill passes First Reading

The Nigerian Peace Corps Bill has passed its first reading at the Senate. The Bill title, HB 616: Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, 2013, is Sponsored by Hon. Joseph Haruna Kigbu and was read 29th April 2014.

58th Session of the Commission of the Status of Women

United Nations invites PCN to the “58th Session of the Commission of the Status of Women”. This is to take place from 10-21st March, 2014.

The forum which was organized by the Civil Society Section, UN Women (UN entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women), would be attended by some Designated Official Representatives.

52nd Session of the Commission for Social Development

United Nations has invited Peace Corps of Nigeria to attend the “52nd Session of the Commission for Social Development” from 11th-21st of February, 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. This was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)- Social Policy and Development Division.

The theme for this Session is “Promoting Empowerment of People in Achieving Poverty Eradication, Social Integration and Full Employment and Decent Work for All”. To this effect, the PCN has desginated its Offcial Representatives to attend the Session. The nominees are: Amb. (Dr.) Dickson A.O Akoh (The National Commandant, PCN) and Omolola .A. Ahmmed (Asst. Nat. Commandant, Finance & Admin).

250 MILLION NAIRA DAMAGES JUDGEMENT PENDING IN COURT

A Federal High Court (15) presided over by His Lordship, Hon. Justice Oriji will on Monday 24th of January deliver judgement on the 250 Million Naira damages suit instituted in 2009 by the Incorporated Trustees of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) against the Nigerian Police over the unlawful invasion of the PCN Office on 1st October, 2009 and the subsequent proscription of the Organization – an action the Federal High Court has already declared illegal, null and void.

CHIEF JUDGE SUMMONS INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE OVER CONTEMPT OF COURT

The lingering face-off between Police and Peace Corps of Nigeria has taken another dimension following the summon of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, by the Federal High Court. This is resulting from the constant molestation and harassment of Members of PCN by the Police despite the Court judgment delivered by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, His Lordship, Hon. Justice Ibrahim Auta in 2011 restraining the Police from the constant harassments following the credence of PCN as a Legal entity as against the previous charges of the Police stating that PCN was illegal. The summon/court sitting which was slated for 21st, January, 2014 was adjourned to 27th, February as the Judge did not sit on the earlier stated date.

The final confirmation of PCN CONSULTATIVE STATUS WITH THE UN

On August 1st, 2013, The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) formally conveys its letter confirming the grant of a Special Consultative Status to Peace Corps of Nigeria. This followed the adoption of the recommendation of the UN Committee on Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) at its Substantive Session in July 2013 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Consultative Status for an organization enables it to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat, programmes, funds and agencies in a number of ways.

COURT AWARDS PEACE CORPS 5MILLION AGAINST SSS

A Federal High Court in Abuja Monday awarded the sum of N5 million damages against the Directorate of State Security Service (SSS) over gross abuse of power against the Peace Corps of Nigeria.
In his ruling Monday, Justice Evon Chukwu further upheld the rights of the Nigerian citizens to freedom of association. He advised the two Agencies to henceforth conduct and operate within the ambit of the laws that established them.
The SSS had claimed in their security report forwarded to some state governors that the Peace Corps is an unregistered paramilitary outfit and a threat to security. But AbdulRasaq Ayedum counsel to the Peace Corps had in the suit argued that its states offices across the country have been closed down while its officials wearing uniforms were stripped naked in the public by the SSS.
The Corps had demanded for N250m damages from the SSS and police for the damages suffered in their hands.