IGP apologises to Clark for unauthorized raid on Abuja home

*Idris, Clark

The inspector general of police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has sent a delegation of senior police officers to apologise to the leader of Pan Niger Delta Elders’ Forum, Chief Edwin Clark for the police raid on his residence on Tuesday.

Force public relations officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said a team led by the deputy inspector-general of police, Habila Joshak visited Clark on Tuesday night and apologised to the octogenarian on behalf of the police boss.

The apology came after Idris ordered the detention of the policemen who illegally raided Clark’s Abuja residence as well as the fake whistle blower who alerted them (policemen) about arms stockpiling in the house.

“The IG did not authorize the search and has therefore sent a delegation of senior police officers led by DIG Joshak along with some commissioners of police who visited Chief Edwin Clark and apologized on behalf of the Nigeria Police Force and the IGP for the misconduct of the said police personnel and the attendant embarrassment the search has caused to the elder statesman and his family.

“The delegation was received by Chief Edwin Clark and the apology was accepted by him,” the statement read.

Moshood also said the IGP had ordered a probe of the four policemen involved in the raid, adding that they would be tried in accordance with the Force Disciplinary Procedures before appropriate punishments are meted out to them.

“The IGP has directed the immediate parade of the informant on Wednesday (Today) in the presence of the press and the public, before his prompt arraignment and prosecution in court,” he added.




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