*Commandant General, 49 others detained
Police are still holding on to most of the top leaders of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, including its commandant general, Dickson Akoh and 49 others.
They were rounded up on Wednesday, during a raid on the organization’s headquarters in Abuja.
Force headquarters spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, told newsmen in Abuja, that the raid followed intelligence that the organization was acquiring weapons and conducting covert military training in different locations nationwide.
Explaining why the arrest was made, Moshood said: “the operation was done to halt and rid the country of illegal security outfits constituting national security threats to the protection of life and property of Nigerians across the country.
“It is evident that in 2013, Federal Republic of Nigeria official Gazette dissolved and prescribed illegal security outfits such as Nigerian Maritime Security Agency (NMSA), Nigerian Merchant Navy Corps and the Nigerian Merchant Navy Petroleum Security and Safety, Peace Corps of Nigeria and other quasi-illegal security outfits.”
Training camps of the organisation, according to him, have since been shut down in Kwara and Katsina states.
Describing Peace Corps of Nigeria as an illegal outfit, Moshood said it has no right to distribute uniforms to its members, parade itself as a security outfit, use ranking insignia, as well as badges of rank patterned after those of the police, the military and paramilitary bodies.
Force headquarters also explained that the flag of the organization resembles that of the Gambia, while its beret is like that of the United Nations mission.