Police go after Peace Corps NGO, arrest 34 members

Police go after Peace Corps NGO, arrest 34 members

- Members of a non governmental organization known as the Peace Corps have been arrested by the police

- The organization has gained the support of the House of Representatives, yet its members will be prosecuted

- The organization which tends to work like a para-military body has been under attack by law enforcement

On Friday, September 22, the Lagos state police command announced the arrest of 34 officials of the Peace Corp organisation.

Olarinde Famous-Cole who is the spokesman of the Lagos police, announced the arrest of the 34 officials to journalists.

According to Premium Times, Mr Famous-Cole said the arrested officials will be charged to a mobile court on Saturday, September 23.

He also said: “The command has arrested 34 members of the Peace Corp. The organization is illegal, therefore the command would charge the suspects to a mobile court tomorrow."

The Peace Corps is an NGO that tends to work as a paramilitary organisation. The House of Representatives recently passed a bill to transform the organisation to a government para-military agency despite the opposition of existing military and security agencies. The presidency is, however, yet to assent to the bill.

The Peace Corps and its national leaders are currently being prosecuted by the police for alleged fraud.

Below are some reactions of Nigerians to an earlier arrest of Peace Corps members:

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