While passing the bill, the Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki, said the legislature had fulfilled a major promise – The passing of the bill may have helped to resolve the supremacy battle between Peace Corps and the Nigeria Police Force The Nigerian Senate has finally passed the Peace (establishment) Corps bill with Bukola Saraki declaring that it was a long journey that finally led the country to the promise land. “One long journey, we finally got to the Promise land.
Thank you all,” Saraki said after the bill was passed on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The Peace Corps had lingered creating a bitter rift between its officers and the the Nigerian Police Force. The power tussle between the the Nigeria Police Force and the Peace Corps took a new dimension following the raiding and arresting of the national commandant of the corps, Ambassador Dickson Akoh. Akoh was reportedly arrested close to midnight on Tuesday, February 28 after the police raided the national headquarters of the corps in Abuja.
The corps, a youth-based organisation, came into force after it was given a nod by the National Assembly through a bill that was passed, but the police had allegedly kicked against the granting it a go-ahead to operate. He and the incorporated trustees of Peace Corps of Nigeria (ITPCN) were were slammed with 90 counts. The corps later sued the police authority as well as the Department of State Service (DSS) and sought compensation for what its boss suffered in the hands of security agents recently.