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IGP denies ordering raid on Edwin Clark’s Abuja home

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Apologises, orders arrest of four policemen 

•Raid, unfortunate, humiliating- Clark


Jude Johnson
The Nigeria Police Force(NPF) has absolved the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, from the raid at the Abuja residence of the former Federal Commissioner for Information and South South Leader, Chief Edwin Clark.
The Force Public Relations Officer (PRO), DCP Jimoh Moshood, on Tuesday,  stated that the police boss is not aware and did not order the raid of the residence of the Elder Statesman as claimed by reports.
Instead, Moshood said the IGP has directed the detention and investigation of the four Police personnel and the informant involved. He noted that the outcome of the investigation will definitely be made public.
Notwithstanding, he said, the facts that on daily basis the Nigeria Police Force across the Country receives information from members of the public which were promptly used to prevent and detect crimes and Criminalities, the Force will not condone misconduct by any of its personnel that can run contrary to the rule of law.

But Moshood later issued another statement confirming  “detention and investigation of the four Police Personnel (including a Senior Police Officer) and an informant involved in the unauthorized, illegal and unprofessional misconduct in the Search of Chief Edwin Clark’s Residence in Asokoro, Abuja, September 4, 2018”.

He stated: “The IGP was not aware and did not authorize the search and has therefore sent a delegation of Senior Police Officers, led by DIG Habila Josham (DIG DOPs) along with some Commissioners of Police who visited the Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Clark and apologized on behalf of the Nigeria Police Force and the IGP for the misconducts of the said Police Personnel and the attendant embarrassment the search has caused on the Elder Statesman and his family. The delegation was received by Chief Edwin Clark and the apology was accepted by him.

“Furthermore, the Inspector General of Police has directed that while the four Police Personnel are in Detention and being investigated and tried within the Force Disciplinary Procedures before appropriate punishments are meted out to them, the IGP has directed the immediate parade of the informant(Suspect) on Wednesday 5th September, 2018 in the presence of the press and the public, before his prompt arraignment and  prosecution.”

Earlier, Clark had issued a statement through his Counsel, Mr. Kayode Ajulo, condemning the raid as draconian and humiliating.
The statement read: “This afternoon , officers and men of the IGP Special Tactical Squad, a unit under the direct command of the Inspector General of Police, turned upside down and raided the Asokoro Residence of our  Client, the foremost Politician, Nationalist and Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark on the pretext that they were in search for arms and ammunitions.

“However, despite the siege and search, they found nothing incriminating our Client.

“Our Client believes that the rather unfortunate pretext or reasons given by the Nigerian Police is just another figment of their wild imaginations. “

“The fact that a man of Chief Edwin Clark’s stature could have his house raided in this uncivil, undemocratic and brazen manner by the Nigerian Police underscores an anomalous/despotic tendency and is an indication of the recent clampdown on opposition voices in Nigeria.

“Our Client at a graceful age of 92, has played a very active role in the promotion and restoration of peace and order in the Niger Delta Region, his patriotic disposition to issues of national affairs clearly puts him in a class of his own, second to none. It is also a fact that cannot be gainsaid or misconstrued that his inputs in the Federal Government Amnesty Programme for Niger Delta Militants clearly paved the way for the eventual resolution of the crisis.”

“Therefore, it can be safely concluded that our Client is not deserving of such humiliation and embarrassment as meted out to him by the Nigeria Police Force.

In the final analysis, our Client finds the act of the Nigeria Police Force as reprehensible, inexcusable and absolutely unacceptable.

“Consequent upon this, we demand that an unreserved public apology be tendered to our Client by the Nigerian Police Force.”

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