The Nigerian Police has denied ordering yesterday’s raid on the Abuja residence of elder statesman Edwin Clark and has launched a probe into the incidence.
According to The Nation, Police Spokesman Jimoh Moshood denied that Inspector General Ibrahim Idris ordered the raid, saying in a statement that the IG had ordered the detention of the four policemen who carried out the raid.
The police also said they were not aware of the action.
Moshood said: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a report credited to one Henry Umoru claiming that the Police on Tuesday raided the Abuja residence of former Federal Commissioner for Information and South South Leader Chief Edwin Clark.
“The Force wishes to categorically state that the Inspector General of Police is not aware and did not order the raid of the residence of Elder Statesman Chief Edwin Clark as claimed by the writer of the story. “Consequently, the Inspector General of Police has directed the detention and investigation of the four Police personnel and the informant involved.”
The Force promised that the outcome of the investigation will be made public.
The statement added: “Notwithstanding, the fact that on daily basis the Nigeria Police Force across the country receives information from members of the public which were promptly used to prevent and detect crimes and criminalities, the Force will not condone misconduct by any of its personnel that can run contrary to the rule of law.”
It was learnt that the 91-year-old -old former federal commissioner (minister) was at home when the policemen came at about 12.30om in an 18- seater Hiace bus and a car marked EU 979 ABC.
Clark’s 43, Haile Selassie Street, Asokoro residence was turned inside out for about two hours
Speaking after the incident, Chief Clark said: “I was in the house, in my bedroom when my boys came to inform me that there were policemen downstairs and in the parlour, I said what do they want, they said they came from Inspector- General of Police(IGP) Tactical Squad with a warrant and with their office in Guzape, So I said what do you want?