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Peace corps drags DSS, 3 others to court.

The Incorporated Trustees of the Peace Corps of Nigeria and two others, have dragged the Department of State Security (DSS), its Director- General (DG), its director in Osun State and the Attorney-General of the federation, to a Federal High Court in Osogbo, over alleged violation of rights to freedom of association.

In the suit no FHC/08/C8/38/2015, the applicants, namely, the Incorporated Trustees of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, its commandant in Osun State, Mr Ayinde Kayode Paul and Alawoki Oluwatobi, were seeking a declaration that the alleged "invasion and ransacking of the office and carting away of money and property of the first applicant at Kilometre 5, Ramat Crescent, Ilesa Road, Osogbo, without just cause by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents and their officers on May 15, 2015, is unlawful and infringement of section 34 and 35 of 1999 constitution".

Among other reliefs sought by the counsel to the applicants, Mr Babafemi Akande, was the declaration that the pronouncement of the Federal High Court of Nigeria contained in its judgment in suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/481/12 by Justice Coram E.S Chukwu, dated 22nd day of April 2013, to the effect that the 1st applicant is not an illegal organisation is valid and subsisting against the respondents in absence of an appeal against same.

When the suit came up for mentioning before Justice Babatunde Kuewumi on Thursday, counsel to the applicant informed the court that he had held discussion with the counsel to the respondents, Mr Sunday Agbomire Idehmi, who pleaded for out of court settlement of the matter.

According to Akande, "we want to agree on a date to see if the case can be settled out of court. I am not against the move to settle out of court if both parties can reach a compromise on the matter".

Responding, counsel to the defendants, Idehmi, said "I can confirm the position of the applicants' counsel", stressing that after going through the process, I advise the 3rd respondent to settle out of court".

The counsel to the applicants later filed an application to serve the court papers on the 4th respondent, the Attorney-General of the Federation, who he described, as a nominal party to the matter.

However, the court subsequently, adjourned proceedings on the matter till June 22.

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Publication:Nigerian Tribune (Oyo State, Nigeria)
Date:Jun 4, 2015
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