The inspector general of police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday approved the dismissal of three police inspectors involved in the “unauthorized” and “illegal” raid on the Abuja residence of the leader of Pan Niger Delta Elders’ Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Clark.
The three officers are inspectors Godwin Musa (AP/No. 18858), Sada Abubakar (AP/No. 225812) and Yabo Paul (AP/No. 225828).
The police chief also ordered the interdiction from service of the fourth police officer, ASP David Dominic (AP. No 158460) “pending the determination of his case by the Police Service Commission.
Force public relations officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, who conveyed the IGP’s decision in a statement also said the informant, Ismail Yakubu from Waru Village, Apo District in Abuja, whom the police blamed for providing false information to the officer had been charged to court.
He said the officers were misled into conducting the raid by the informant, but said they failed to carry out their due diligence before acting on the tip-off, which backfired.
It would be recalled that on Tuesday September 5, the police raided the No. 43, Haile Selassie Street, Asokoro residence of the 91-year-old politician in search of arms.
It was learnt that the police men, numbering six were deployed from the ‘Special Tactical Force’ (STF) based in Guzape, a squad that reports directly to the inspector-general of police at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
It was gathered that the police who drove in an 18-seater Hiace Bus and a four Runner Car, with registration number EU 979 ABC arrived around 1.30pm and left the premises about 2.30pm.
They were said to have searched every room in the posh mansion for armed allegedly kept in the house.
At the end of the search, nothing incriminating was found.
Read the full statement by the police below:
Dismissal from service of three (3) of the police personnel and interdiction of the assistant superintendent of police involved in the unauthorized, illegal and unprofessional misconduct in the search of elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark’s residence in Asokoro, Abuja on the 4th of September, 2018
- The Inspector General of Police has approved the dismissal from the service of the Nigeria Police Force, three (3) Inspectors namely: (i) AP/No. 18858 Inspr Godwin Musa (ii) AP/No. 225812 Inspr Sada Abubakar and (iii) AP/No. 225828 Inspr Yabo Paul, and the immediate interdiction of AP. No 158460 ASP David Dominic who were involved in the unauthorized, illegal and unprofessional misconduct in the search of the residence of Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Clark in Asokoro, Abuja on 4thSeptember, 2018.
- Ap. No. 158460 ASP David Dominic was queried and being investigated for discreditable conduct, negligence of duty and an act unbecoming of a police officer which constitute serious misconduct and if not checked can be inimical to the image of the Nigeria Police Force and violation of fundamental human rights of the elder statesman as provided for in the 1999 Nigeria Constitution as amended. The gravity of the offences against the officer is serious in nature and dismissal from service is imminent.
- Consequently, the inspector general of police approved that AP. No 158460 ASP David Dominic, be on interdiction from service pending the determination of his case by the Police Service Commission.
- The IGP also approved and upheld the dismissal from service of (i) AP/No. 18858 Inspr Godwin Musa (ii) AP/No. 225812 Inspr Sada Abubakar and (iii) AP/No. 225828 Inspr Yabo Paul, after the trio were tried under Oath in Orderly Room Trial for discreditable conduct, illegal duty, disobedience to lawful order and other misconduct contrary to the rule of law.
- The suspect (Informant) Ismail Yakubu from Waru Village, Apo District, Abuja, has been charged to Upper Area Court Mpape, Abuja for giving false information and telling falsehood that misled Police action.
Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters