The Nigeria police yesterday released the names of four of its officers who searched the Abuja residence of Edwin Clark, an Ijaw national leader.
On Tuesday, security operatives invaded Clark’s house around 1:30 pm and presented a search warrant to the elder statesman.
The officers were identified as David Dominic, an assistant superintendent of police, Godwin Musa, Sada Abubakar and Yabo Paul, all inspectors of police.
Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said the officers were misled by one Ismail Yakubu, an informant, who alleged that there were incriminating items in Clark’s residence.
The police said Yakubu, an indigene of Waru village in Apo district Abuja, would be arraigned in court for giving false information.
Narrating how he got the information, Yakubu said he was in a taxi to meet somebody in Asokoro and a street leading to the Clark’s residence was shut down, obstructing vehicular movement.
He explained that the driver of the cab pointed at the house, saying it belongs to the leader of Niger Delta, and that a white Hilux van in front of the house was carrying ammunition.
Yakubu said, ” The whole street was blocked, no way in and no way out. So I begin to ask questions, what is actually happening here, so it was a taxi man that told me that this is the area Niger Delta people are living . He now pointed to a truck that is entering the compound.
“I checked the compound the house is house 43 , it was a white hilux sealed. It was at the process of entering the compound that was how the whole place was blocked to allow the vehicle to enter.
“He said that this hilux that is entering here is ammunition, I said what! As an indigene of FCT hearing this thing, we are peace-loving people. I can’t take that and that is what I said. I asked him how are sure are you.”
The police have however apologised to Clark over the unauthorised raid.
… apologise to Clark over invasion
The Nigeria police have apologised to Edwin Clark, an elder statesman, over the unauthorised raid of his residence in Abuja by four policemen.
Reports revealed that police spokesman,Jimoh Moshood, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Moshood said a police delegation had been sent to Clark’s house, comprising of the DIG operations and some commissioners of police.
It was reported that on Tuesday policemen invaded Clark’s residence around 1:30pm, after presenting a search warrant to the elder statesman.
The Niger Delta leader informed said that nothing incriminating was found in his house.
“There was no notice before the search. The policemen just walked in and demanded to search the house,” he had said.
After the incident, Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, had ordered the detention of the policemen responsible for the invasion.
“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,” he said in a statement.