The Nigeria Police Force has apologised to elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark over the illegal ransacking of his home over accusations of stockpiling arms and ammunition.
The apology, which came from the police high command as directed by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has reportedly been accepted by Clark.
Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood, who revealed this yesterday, said “the IGP sent high powered delegation, led by a DIG and other Senior Police Officers to apologise to the elder statesman over the search by the mentioned four Police Personnel (including a Senior Police Officer) and an informant’s roles in the unauthorized, illegal and unprofessional conduct in the Search of Chief Edwin Clark’s Residence in Asokoro, Abuja on September 4, 2018.
“The delegation was received by Chief Edwin Clark and the apology was accepted by him.”Moshood also noted that the police officers involved, namely ASP David Dominic, Inspr Godwin Musa, Inspr Sada Abubakar and Inspr Yabo Paul have been queried and are currently undergoing orderly trial for the appropriate punishment to be meted out on them.
Also, the informant, Ismail Yakubu from Waru Village, Apo District, Abuja will be arraigned in court for giving false information and telling falsehood to mislead police.
Meanwhile, narrating how he got information that arms and ammunition were in Chief Clark’s house, the informant, who is from Waru village in Apo resettlement of the FCT, a council member in the palace in the district head office in Waru and is 45 years said, “the point is that I was going to Asokoro on Monday exactly around 4pm. I was called to come and receive a message at the back of ECOWAS. I took a taxi from Apo roundabout. When I got to the back of ECOWAS according to the description of the man that called me to come and receive message. When we were on our way, I was in front and two other passengers were in the car. I noticed that the whole street was blocked and then I began to ask questions to know what was happening.
It was then the taxi man said the street is where the Niger Delta people are living.
I probed further to know why the road was blocked and rowdy.
“The taxi driver pointed out to me to see the truck entering the compound, the compound was House 43. The truck was a white Hilux van and it was sealed. The driver said the whole road is blocked because the van was trying to enter the compound. “The driver said the van was filled with ammunition. As an indigene of FCT and hearing the information. I thought to myself that why ammunition in FCT because residents of FCT are peace-loving people. I said I cannot take that. I asked how sure he was and he said he was sure and that was why the while area was blocked.“On Tuesday morning, I reported what I saw and I met one Inspector Sada and I narrated what I saw. I told him that I got the information from a taxi man. I told him the address and they went there to investigate.” On how he felt about the how the whole thing turned out, he said : “ The Police said when you see a suspicious movement, you should always report to the Police. I don’t think I have done wrong in such doing.”On whether due dligience was followed when the police got information, Moshood said: “No and that is why the officers are being punished as we speak. They have been queried and they are in detention. “There are procedures to be followed before executing the search warrant and the lapses is on their side and that is why they are being investigated.”