Court stops Peace Corps boss’ trial on alleged N1.4bn fraud
Federal High Court, Abuja presided by Justice John Tsoho has suspended the trial of Ambassador Dickson Akoh, National Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria.
The suspension of the trial followed a ruling, Monday, on a motion on notice filed by the Peace Corps boss seeking adjournment of his trial “sine die” (indefinitely) pending when the police obey valid court orders.
Akoh and the Incorporated Trustees of the organisation are being prosecuted by the Federal Government over allegation that they converted monies directly derived from “extortion” amounting to about N1.4billion.
The FG had preferred a 90-count charge against the defendants, but on November 8, 2017, the charge was reduced to 13 counts.
However, the trial could not commence last month as counsel to the defendants, John Ochogwu had told the court that the motion dated February 14, 2018, filed on the 19th prayed for an order of court adjourning the trial sine die pending when the police obeys an order of the court made on 16 January, 2018.
Justice Tsoho had ordered the police to vacate and dismantle the barricade at the headquarters of the Peace Corps but since then, the order had been flouted by the police.
Justice Tsoho added that the police cannot pressurize accused persons to obey the law when it does not have respect for the law itself.