The police in Kwara state has ordered the dismantling of a camp belonging to Peace Corps of Nigeria in Offa local government area of the state, describing it as illegal.
The Command’s Public Relation Officer, DSS Ajayi Okasanmi who confirmed the development on Friday in Ilorin said the Commissioner of Police, Olushola Amore viewed the camp as illegal, hence the reason he ordered that everyone at the camp should leave. Okasanmi explained that there was no information to the effect that a camp will open in Offa to train anyone.
We were not officially informed about any camp in Offa and we don’t have any information about any organization organizing any camp there. There should be no training or camping of any organization without the knowledge of the police.
No organization has secure any clearance to organize any camp in Offa. When we got information that there is a camp going on somewhere in Offa and since no one informed us about any, we had to close the camp.
Doing this, we considered the security situation of the country because we don’t know the pedigree of the organization conducting the camp.
Our action was to just ensure there is no breakdown of law and order. If we have a directive from Abuja that any camping will hold, there is no problem because we don’t have any issue with anyone”
Reacting to the incident, the Kwara Adjutant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dr. Folorunsho Peter, denied the police allegation that his command did not inform it of its orientation camp explaining that it was a misunderstanding.
Some persons came and wanted to partake in the training and they have not paid their dues and met resistance from our officers on ground.
The police came in and said the issue has not been properly resolved and that we did not obtain clearance to operate.
We have properly informed them of our plans, we served them our time table for the orientation camp. We even invited the police commissioner to come and deliver lecture, as well as DSS, NDLEA and some other organizations.
The camp Commandant came to Ilorin to see the Commissioner of Police, though I was not with them but was told they had a positive discussion.
Peter also said they had allowed participants to go off camp, so as not to have any confrontation with the police but the applicants have been told to report to the Command’s headquarter in Ilorin on Monday, Feb. 20, given that camping will resume again by Tuesday, Feb. 21.