The Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris has taken a bold step by sending top officers to apologise to an elder statesman, Mr Edwin Clark whose home was raided by his men.
Mr. Idris denied knowledge of the raid, saying no proper approval was granted before the raid that has attracted nationwide reaction.
The four officers who carried out the raid are said to be under investigation while the whistleblower is likely to be paraded on Wednesday (today), according to the police
The whistleblower tip the officers that there were guns and other ammunition at the home of the nonagenarian’s home.
The unauthorized search yielded no result or other illegal items.
Mr Clark 91 condemned the raid, vowing not to allow the intimidation deter him from expressing his views against President Muhammadu’s Buhari and his administration he had never supported.
The IGP on Wednesday sent senior police officers led by DIG Habila Joshak (DIG DOPs), and three commissioners of police to visit Mr. Clark and apologise on his behalf and on behalf of the Nigeria Police Force
According to the statement by the Acting Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja DCP Jimoh Moshood, the apology was for the misconduct of the four policemen whose action embarrassed Mr Clark and his family.
THE FULL STATEMENT
RE- SEARCH OF THE HOUSE OF ELDER STATESMAN, CHIEF EDWIN CLARK BY THE POLICE TODAY, 4TH SEPTEMBER, 2018.
· IGP sends high powered delegation of a DIG and other Senior Police Officers to apologize to the Elder statesman
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, the Inspector General of Police has directed that 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.