Saraki, Kwankwaso, Shehu Sani Condemn Police Raid On Clark’s Home
Several Nigerians from various walks of life have condemned the Nigeria Police for the raid on the home of elder statesman, a Federal Commissioner for Information and South South Leader, Chief Edwin Clark on Tuesday.
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, while condemning the raid, said that the act is “unwarranted harassment”.
He noted that the action, at a time when the nation is preparing for elections, does not reflect well on the country and “constitute a threat to democracy”.
Stressing, however, that Clark is not above the law, he stated:
“If there is a genuine reason for his home to be searched by law enforcement agencies, nobody will object to it.
“However, as it appears now, for the Police to conduct a raid on the home of a man of that age on the pretence that they were looking for arms and eventually — the claim turned out to be a hoax — means that something is amiss.
“These actions represent a gross abuse of state institutions.
“Now that the Inspector General of Police has denied that the raid was never authorized, the next move should be a thorough, transparent investigation into the Senator Edwin Clark incident to prevent future reoccurrences.
“These kinds of ugly developments must stop.
“This country experienced a peaceful change in 2015 because the government in power allowed democracy to work.
“If the government had allowed the flagrant abuse and misuse of state institutions to be the norm, we would not have had the change that occurred.
“Democracy is not only about elections. Circumstances that will create tension in any part of the country or make people feel that their fundamental human rights are being trampled upon should be avoided.
“If a man of the caliber and status of Senator Edwin Clark can suffer such an unwarranted raid on his home, then what will happen to ordinary Nigerians as we move towards the 2019 polls and beyond?” he asked and concluded.
A former Kano State governor and a 2019 presidential aspirant, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso also joined in condemning that action by police operatives.
Kwankwaso, taking to his Twitter handle, said the “unlawful invasion… is another sad episode in the recent catalogue of embarrassments, witnessed under the current administration.”
The unlawful invasion of the residence of elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark by men of the Nigerian police is another sad episode in the recent catalogue of embarrassments, witnessed under the current administration. pic.twitter.com/HHKnDZb6c0
— Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (@KwankwasoRM) September 5, 2018
Senator Shehu Sani, representing, Kaduna Central District tweeted:
The raid on the house of chief EK Clark is condemnable.The Elder statesman should be treated with respect by security agencies knowing the implications of such an action.The Police should apologize to him.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) September 4, 2018