The Ogun State Commandant of Peace Corps, Commandant Olufemi Akinyemi has refuted the claim that the accidental discharge by armed officer of the Peace Corps of Nigeria attached to Akomoje division caused the death of one civilian.
Akinyemi also refuted claim that the security organization have office at Akomoje where the shooting occurred.
The Ogun PCN boss explained that, Peace Corps is a non-governmental organization and not a security agency approved to carry firearms.
He added that, none of the 20 local government commanders reported a case involving firearms or ammunition at their state command or orientation programmes.
Akinyemi maintained that, Peace Corps remain a voluntary uniformed youth non-governmental organization with the objectives of youth reorientation, neighbourhood watch, volunteerism, peace building, intelligence gathering and strong commitment to national security.
He therefore called on other security agencies to verify the identity of the impostor claiming to be an officer of Peace Corps.
His words “Our attention has been drawn to a news circulating on social media (WhatsApp) concerning one Akinwunmi Ismail who was said to be of Peace Corps Akomoje Division, who allegedly shot someone through accidental discharge.
“Although, we are yet to confirm the authenticity of the news through a credible news medium and we don’t know the Police Station where the matter was reported, but as a responsible and disciplined organization with positive name and image in the society, we have decided to set the record straight and further educate people about activities of Peace of Nigeria.
“We wish to state clearly that Peace Corps of Nigeria, Ogun State Command under the leadership of Patriot Olufemi Akinyemi is not aware of such incident and does not have an office in Akomoje or Lafenwa area of Abeokuta, Ogun State.
“Also, Peace Corps of Nigeria, led by Ambassador Dickson Akoh does not use firearms or ammunition. In fact, we are a non-governmental Organization and not a security agency approved to carry firearms.
“For emphasis, Peace Corps of Nigeria is a voluntary Uniformed youth Non-Governmental Organization with the objective of youth reorientation, neighborhood watch, volunteerism, Peace building, intelligence gathering and strong commitment to national creativity.
“Presently, our officers are at the forefront of Sensitization of residents of Ogun State on the need to maintain good personal hygiene, keep safe social distance, avoid handshake, touching of face, nose, mouth without proper washing of hands with soap and water due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in the Country.
“We are committed to promoting peace in our environment and forbids things that may lead to violent conflict or breakdown of law and order in our environment.”