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JUST IN: Tension as Peace Corps shut down its Katsina branch office 

JUST IN: Tension as Peace Corps shut down its Katsina branch office 

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Katsina State branch of Peace Corps had shut down its state office located near Liyafa Palace Hotel in the state capital while the corps members had disappeared.

Residents close to the area told NAN that the office was closed down after the police raided the corps national headquarters in Abuja.

NAN gathered that those already recruited used to gather every morning at the office for briefing.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Usman Abdullahi, said through the command’s spokesman, Gambo Isah, that the corps operations remained illegal until there was an Act establishing it.

However, some residents of the state expressed concern over the measure taken against the corps.

Muhammad Lawal said that establishing the PCN would reduce unemployment and strengthen neighbourhood security.

He advised members of the corps to stop further activities until the bill establishing the organisation was signed into law.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the police had on February 28 arrested the National Commandant of the Corps, Dickson Akor, and 46 members of the corps in Abuja to stop the activities of the group.

Presenting the members of the corps to journalists in Abuja, the force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said the operation was aimed at halting and riding the country of illegal and unlawful security outfits.

Mr. Moshood said that intelligence reports revealed that some illegal security outfits had started acquiring weapons and conducting covert military training across the country.

“The peace corps has unlawfully turned itself into a security outfit without the authorisation and establishment by the Federal government,” he said.

He further said that the corps, under the leadership of Mr. Akor, was registered as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), but that it was operating with disregard to the country’s law.

The Force spokesman said that during preliminary investigation it was discovered that the personnel of the corps were extorting money from unsuspecting youth in the county.

The Senate had passed the bill seeking to legalise the corps and it is awaiting the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari.

(NAN)

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