Police sack officers who raided Edwin Clark’s residence

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Three Nigerian police officers have been sacked with another bagging suspension over the “unauthorised” raid of the Abuja residence of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, leader, Edwin Clark, on Tuesday.

Clark’s home in Asokoro neighbourhood was reportedly stormed by police officers in the afternoon who were said to be in search for illicit weapons, but did not find anything incriminating.

The Ijaw leader denied the allegations of stockpiling ammunition and demanded an immediate apology. Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris promptly distanced himself from the raid and sent top-level police officers, including a deputy inspector-general, to apologise to Clark at his residence.

The 91-year-old said he had accepted the apology, but expressed strong doubts that the men who carried out the raid were unauthorised.

The police had revealed the identities of officers behind what the IGP described as embarrassing, giving their names as: David Dominic, an assistant superintendent of police, Godwin Musa, Sada Abubakar and Yabo Paul, all inspectors of police.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said the informant, blamed for providing false information to the officer had been charged to court, adding that the officers were misled into conducting the raid by the informant.

The FPRO disclosed that Idris approved that Dominic “be on interdiction from service pending the determination of his case by the Police Service Commission.”

“The inspector-general of police has approved the dismissal from the service of the Nigeria Police Force, three inspectors namely: AP/No. 18858 Inspr Godwin Musa,  AP/No. 225812 Inspr Sada Abubakar and (and) AP/No. 225828 Inspr Yabo Paul, and the immediate interdiction of AP. No 158460 ASP David Dominic who were involved in the unauthorised, illegal and unprofessional misconduct in the search of the residence of elder stateman, chief Edwin Clark in Asokoro, Abuja on 4th September, 2018,” the statement read.

“Ap. No. 158460 ASP David Dominic was queried and being investigated for discreditable conduct, negligence of duty and an act unbecoming of a police officer which constitute Serious Misconduct and if not checked can be inimical to the image of the Nigeria Police Force and violation of fundamental human rights of the Elder Statesman as provided for in the 1999 Nigeria Constitution as amended.

“The gravity of the offences against the officer is serious in nature and dismissal from service is imminent.

“The IGP also approved and upheld the dismissal from service of AP/No. 18858 Inspr Godwin Musa,  AP/No. 225812 Inspr Sada Abubakar and AP/No. 225828 Inspr Yabo Paul, after the trio were tried under oath in orderly room trial for discreditable conduct, Illegal duty, disobedience to lawful order and other misconduct contrary to the rule of law.

“The suspect (informant) Ismail Yakubu from Waru village, Apo district, Abuja, has been charged to upper area court Mpape, Abuja for giving false information and telling falsehood that misled police action.”

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