The National Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), Amb. (Dr.) Dickson Akoh, was on Tuesday discharged of the 13-count criminal charges preferred against him by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Kpotum Idris.
The Nigeria Police had, in March 2017, slammed Akoh with a 90-count charge but later amended it to 13-count charge, after it was observed that most of the charges were repetitive.
But Justice John Tsoho, while ruling on a motion of notice filed by Barrister John Ochogwu, on behalf of Kanu Agabi Chamber, described the action of the Police as an”impunity”, saying the Police authority lacks moral justification to prosecute Akoh in the criminal matter, until the Police Boss obeys subsisting court orders emanating from the suit.
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Ochogwu, had, during a debate on the motion of May 8, said, “A defendant should be allowed time and facilities to defend himself. The office and some of the facilities of the defendant have been under lock since 1 year and 2 months. There is no way the defendant can defend himself when his facilities have been seized by the complainant”.
Ochogwu submitted that, section 287 of the constitution empowers the court to enforce her own judgements, adding that, when prayers in the motion are granted, it would “serve as a deterrent to the executive or other arm of government which tend to disobey the orders of the court”.
Justice Tsoho in his ruling, berated the police boss for disobeying “orders of court of competent jurisdiction”, adding that, “The act of the complainant/respondent is a flagrant abuse of the fundamental rights of the defendant/applicant”.