Six days after he was arrested by the police, the national commandant of the Nigerian Peace Corps, Dickson Akoh, is still being held at the custody of the police.
Last Sunday, Akoh was apprehended after he turned himself in at the FCT command headquarters, saying he learnt the police were looking for him.
It is understood that the 43-year-old man, who was detained at a facility run by the police special anti-robbery squad in Abuja the evening of his arrest, had not been released since then.
Yesterday evening, the police told Premium Times that they charged Mr. Akoh to court earlier in the week, although the claim was contrary to what sources close to the commandant said.
“We arraigned him at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday,” FCT police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, said.
Mr. Manzah declined further questions on the matter, including whether the police procured a court order to continue holding Mr. Akoh in detention beyond the legally-allowed 48 hours.
However, two other sources close to Mr. Akoh claimed that the police did not arraign the commandant.
The sources said the police tried to arraign him before Gabriel Kolawole of the Abuja Division, but the judge declined to entertain the case immediately.
“Justice Kolawole asked them to come back on March 28 for the case,” one of the sources said.