Police Fire Tear Gas At Peace Corps Commandant In Abuja

Riot policemen on Tuesday disrupted a rally organised by the Peace Corps of Nigeria to mark its 20th anniversary in Abuja.

The policemen fired tear gas at the PCN personnel, including the National Commandant, Dickson Akor, civil society groups and journalists, making everyone to scamper in different directions.

To celebrate the anniversary, the Corps had addressed a press conference at its former office in Gwarimpa.

The Punch reports that the PCN members and journalists thereafter moved to its headquarters at Jabi which had been sealed off for some time by the police for a rally.

But as they were about commencing the programme, a detachment of riot policemen arrived the premises and fired tear gas at the crowd which included Peace Corps personnel, civil society groups and journalists.

A Peace Corps officer whose identity could not be immediately ascertained was injured in the leg as everyone ran for safety from the choking gas.

The policemen were seen chasing the youths along Jabi road while firing tear gas as commuters and passers-by run for their dear lives.

President Buhari had recently declined assent to the bill for an Act to establish the Peace Corps, but despite the setback, Akoh said the Corps would continue to exist as a Non-Governmental Organisation duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission.

The Peace Corps headquarters located at Iya Abubakar Crescent, off Alex Ekwueme Street, opposite Jabi Lake Abuja, has been sealed off by the police since February 28, 2017, a day after the office was inaugurated.