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.

 

NATIONAL COMMANDANT TO REPRESENT PEACE CORPS IN NEW YORK

On behalf of PCN, the National Commandant, Amb. Dickson A. O. Akoh and the Asst. National Commandant, Patriot Omolola Ahmmed-Amao will be in New York, USA on the 25th of June 2013 to attend a One-Day Conference at the United Nations’ Headquarters themed, “Business for Peacebuilding“. This Conference is to be co-hosted by the UN Peace building Commission (PBC) and the UN Global Compact (UNGC), and is meant to encourage business engagement in post conflict environments.

NATIONAL COMMANDANT ELECTED AS CHAIRMAN, NYCN

The National Commandant, Amb. Dickson A. O. Akoh was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Trustee of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) which was held on the 23rd-26th of May 2013 at the Aminu Isah Kontagorah Complex, Makurdi, Benue State on the occasion of the Unity Congress. The National Commandant was also given the service of Excellence Award by the Honorable Minister of Youth Development, Hon. Inuwa Abdul-kadir Esq.

PEACE CORPS unveils 15th year anniversary logo

On the 11th of May 2013, PCN unveiled its logo for its 15th Year Anniversary/Founder’s Day Celebration.. The event also marked the inauguration of the Peace Corps band, amply named the Ambassador’s Band and was held at the PCN headquarters, Gwarimpa, Abuja.

Get the anniversary report here

Court Declares Victory for Peace Corps – (10th Oct. 2011)

Court voids proscription of Peace Corps by Police. A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has voided the proscription of the Peace Corps of Nigeria by the Nigeria Police saying that the act is null and void.

The Peace Corps of Nigeria had earlier dragged the Nigeria Police , the Attorney General of the Federation, (AGF) and Minister of Justice and the National Security Adviser to the president to court challenging its proscription.

—-Establishment of PCN in Federal Unity Colleges – (27th June, 2011)—-

Ministry-of-EducationThe Federal Ministry of Education has granted Approval to the Peace Corps of Nigeria to establish activities in Schools and all 114 Unity Schools in the Federation. The Ministry’s approval allows any FUC principal who requires this service to consider and apply for the deployment of PCN Officers to support the general maintenance of discipline as well as motivate students towards the attainment of high moral and ethical codes.