Update: Court Grants Peace Corps Commandant, Akoh Bail as AGF Arraigns Him on 90-count Charge

A Federal High Court in Abuja, Wednesday, granted the Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dickson Akoh, bail to the sum of N10m.
Trial Judge, Justice John Tsoho, in granting the bail application, said Akoh should also present a surety with N20m bail bond.
He said the surety should have a building in Abuja whose documents should be submitted to the register of the court. The surety should also be resident in the metropolis, according to the Judge.
Akoh was also asked to submit his international passport with the court.
In granting the bail application as argued by Akoh’s counsel, John Ochogwu, Justice Tsoho said the prosecutor’s argument that the defendant refusal to present himself when he was needed by the Police, and that he would temper with evidence if granted bail did not hold water.
“The claims that he would temper with evidence is speculative and court does not deal in speculations.
“On the claims that he would jump bail, no record before this court to show he didn’t submit himself when needed. To deny the applicant bail on account of these will be injustice.”
Earlier, office of the Attorney-General of the Federation arraigned Akoh, Peace Corps of Nigeria and 49 others on a 90-count charge
According to one of the charges, the Commandant and the Incorporated Trustees of the Corps, allegedly engaged in conversion of money directly derived from extortion to the tune of N1.4bn.
In the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/45/2017, 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 the prosecution counsel, Aminu Alilu, 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.
Count 88 of the charge accused the defendants of unauthorised display of flags contrary to section 7(4)(b) of the Public Order Act, Cap P42, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
In count 89, the prosecution accused the defendants of operating as a private guard without licence contrary to section 1(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.
Under the offence of obtaining money by false pretence, the Federal Government alleged that Dickson Akor and Incorporated Trustees of Peace Corps of Nigeria, had between January 1, 2013 and March 6, 2017 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, Abuja, did commit an offence to wit: by false pretence and with intent to defraud, obtained for yourselves the sum of N274, 712, 126. 18 from unsuspecting citizens of Nigeria who paid into your Eco bank’s account No. 4582022099.
Some of the charges reads:
“That you Dickson Akor and Incorporated Trustees of Peace Corps of Nigeria, both of Peace Corps of Nigeria Headquarters, Jabi, Abuja, on or about June 24, 2016, at Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, Abuja, did conduct a financial transactions when you transfered the proceeds of unlawful activity to wit: the sum of N60m obtained by false pretence to one Mukthar Dantata which said transaction you designed to conceal or disguise the nature, location, source or ownership of the said money.
“That you Dickson Akor and Incorporated Trustees of Peace Corps of Nigeria, both of Peace Corps of Nigeria Headquarters, Jabi, Abuja, on or about June 24, 2016, at Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, Abuja, did commit an offence to wit: by false pretence and with intent to defraud, obtained for yourselves the sum of N42, 428, 000.00 from Peace Corps of Nigeria which was paid into your United Bank of Africa’s account No. 1005250986.
“That you Dickson Akor and Incorporated Trustees of Peace Corps of Nigeria, both of Peace Corps of Nigeria Headquarters, Jabi, Abuja, on or about February 8, 2016, at Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, Abuja, did commit an offence to wit: by false pretence and with intent to defraud, obtained for yourselves the sum of N45, 500,000.00 from Peace Corps of Nigeria which was paid into your United Bank of Africa’s account No. 1005250986.
Justice Tsoho adjourned till 23rd of May for commencement of trial.
A combined team of the Police, Army and State Security Service raided headquarters of the corps in Abuja on February 28, arresting Akoh and 49 members.
They were alleged to be running an illegal organisation.

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