From: Godwin Tsa, Abuja
The Federal Government, yesterday, failed to arraign the Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Mr. Dickson Akor and the Incorporated Trustees of the Corps over alleged conversion of money directly derived from extortion to the tune of about N1.4 billion.
Although the defendants, their lawyers and prosecution counsel were all in court, Justice Gabriel Kolawole announced, through one of the court clerks, that the matter could not go on as it was not listed.
The judge said the court would communicate to all the parties once a date has been fixed for the arraignment.
Meanwhile, the police authorities, yesterday, whisked the defendants away, in one of the Hilux vans, to the Force Headquarters, immediately after the development.
In the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/45/2017, filed by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), the defendants are further charged for wearing of uniforms and other identification marks contrary to section 24 (1) of the Private Guard Companies Act Cap P30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and punishable under section 32 (1) of the Act.
The charge filed by Aminu Alilu, an Assistant Chief State Counsel on behalf of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, also accused the defendants of laundering of funds obtained through unlawful activity contrary to section 7(1)(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other fraud related Offences Act, Cap A6 laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
The federal government also accused the defendants of obtaining money by false pretence, contrary to section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other fraud related Offences Act, Cap A6 laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
They were also charged in count 86 for organising and training of members of Peace Corps of Nigeria as a quasi-military organisation, contrary to section 6(1)(a) of the Public Order Act, Cap P42, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same section of the Act.