Edwin Clark Home Raid: IGP Arrests Officers, Apologises
The Nigeria Police Force [NPF] has regretted the raid of the home of elder statesman, a Federal Commissioner for Information and South South Leader, Chief Edwin Clark on Tuesday, 4th September, 2018.
ElombahNews had reported that Chief Clark had threatened lawsuit against the Police for embarrassing him with the house search.
The Police, however, in a press release issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Ag. DCP Jimoh O. Moshood, in Abuja, said that IGP Ibrahim Kpotum Idris is not aware and did not order raid on Clark’s residence.
IGP Idris consequently ordered the immediate detention of the four (4) police personnel and informant involved.
Ag. DCP Jimoh O. Moshood stated concerning the raid:
“The Force wishes to categorically state that, the Inspector General of Police is not aware and did not order the raid of the residence of the Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Clark as claimed by the writer of the story.
“Consequently, the Inspector General of Police has directed the detention and investigation of the Four (4) Police personnel and the informant involved. The outcome of the investigation will definitely be made public.
“Notwithstanding, 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.”
The Inspector General of Police has also apologized to the Elder statesman for the unfortunate incident.
The IGP, therefore, sent high powered delegation of a DIG and other senior police officers to douse the tension.
A follow-up statement reads:
“Further to the earlier Press Statement from the Nigeria Police Force on the directives of the Inspector General of Police for immediate detention and Investigation of the Four (4) 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, today 4th September, 2018.
“The IGP as stated in the Press Statement was not aware and did not authorize the search and has therefore sent a delegation of Senior Police Officers, led by DIG HABILA JOSHAK (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… while the Four (4) 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 in Court.”