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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Peace Corps: We have recordings of Police IG, Idris threatening to frustrate PCN – Groups

A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, on Wednesday alleged that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, once threatened to frustrate the Peace Corps of Nigeria.

The coalition made the claim while alleging that the police boss issued the threat at a private meeting, wherein, he "swore to frustrate the PCN and ensure that the bill passed by the National Assembly ends without receiving Presidential Assent."

In a statement issued in Abuja, the groups maintained that there is a political or personal "beef" as regards the issue of the Corps.

The allegation was contained in a statement issued in Abuja and was signed by the leaders of the various groups.

The Coalitions who gave the warning include, Liberty Nigeria, Save Democracy Initiative, Aid Organisation for Africa, Defense of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution, Pan African Young Women Development Initiatives.

Others are Niger Delta Parliament, Conscience Nigeria, Civil Society for Peace and Good Governance, NEPAD Youth Nigeria, Action for Justice and Development and Consensus for Good Leadership.

The statement reads in part, "If the headquarters of a well-meaning organizations and social service provider like PCN could be sealed for flimsy and unsustained accusations of tasking members for uniforms and training, one then wonders why the force headquarters of the Nigeria Police should not be immediately put under lock and keys, considering the grievous indictments against the IGP.

"It becomes a big wonder that the same IGP profusely complaining against the National Assembly for closing down the police post at the National Assembly without court order, calling it an illegal act by the noble lawmakers, while the IGP in same breath flagrantly and wickedly closed down the PCN Headquarters on its day of commissioning without any court order. What a contradiction!

"It is now obvious that there is either a political undertone or personal beef to this situation. Today we have at our disposal some recordings of a private meeting involving the IGP where he swore to frustrate the PCN and ensure that the bill passed by the national assembly ends without receiving Presidential Assent.

"This shameful act by the Inspector General of Police is an affront to the entire civil society body of Nigeria and an ugly development that has portrayed a very negative image of the Nigerian Security Agencies and Government before the international community.

"If such impunity is allowed to persist we believe this lawless act may be further perpetrated against any other Civil society organization."
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