Dickson Akoh Police withdraws 77-charges against Peace Corps boss

The Police gave no reason for the sudden withdrawal of the 77 charges against Dickson Akoh.

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National commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dickson Akoh play

National commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dickson Akoh

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The Nigeria Police Force has withdrawn the seventy-seven charge against the national commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dickson Akoh.

The charges filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, was withdrawn by the Police on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, before the commencement of formal trial of the suit.

Counsel from the attorney general of the federation (AGF) office, TVC Kuku informed Justice John Tsoho that the AGF had amended the charge and reduced the ninety count charge to only thirteen in the old charge sheet.

The Counsel submitted that Akoh had not been served with the amended charge personally, as required by law and pleaded with Justice Tsoho to grant adjournment in the matter, to enable the defendant be served in line with the provision of the law. 

No reason was given by the Police for the sudden withdrawal of the charge.

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Counsel to the Defendant, John Ochogwu did not object to the request for adjournment for the prosecution. 

It was however gathered that, the office of the AGF had faulted the ‘bogus charges’ brought against Akoh early this year. 

It was also gathered that, the AGF was said to have discovered that most of the count charges earlier filed were duplication of one another, shortly after the corporate office of the PCN was invaded February 28th, during its official commissioning in Abuja.

A team of legal expert was said to have been put in place by the AGF to review the 90-count charge and came to the conclusion that the charges be reduced and compressed to only 13.

The Police authority has been having running battle with the Peace Corps Commandant in the last one year, with his arrest and 49 others on February 28th, 2017.

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