Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Clark: More heads to roll

The last is yet to be heard on the invasion of the Abuja home of Chief Edwin Clark, First Republic Minister of Information, The Abuja Inquirer has learnt.

Four police officers acting on an intel had raided the elder statesman home over allegations of arms stockpiling but came away empty handed.

Following the police invasion and public outcry, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, ordered the sack of three of the four officers, while the most senior officer, ASP David Dominic, was interdicted from Service pending the determination of his case by the Police Service Commission.

Also, the IGP ordered the immediate disbandment of the IGP Special Tactical Squad (IGP-STS) and the redeployment of all the personnel of the squad to other departments/formations of the Force.

Those summarily dismissed are Inspectors Godwin Musa, Sada Abubakar and Yabo Paul, while the 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.

But a source at the police headquarters told our correspondent that following directive from the Presidency, some senior Officers attached to the erstwhile Special Tactical Squad, who authorised the raid are now undergoing strict disciplinary procedures.

Though Clark had indicated that he has forgiven the police and those responsible, the fear is that the action has infuriated some youths in the Niger Delta and they could resort to violent conduct targeted at oil installations.

“The IGP is taking this seriously as the federal government does not want anything that will disturb the fragile peace in the Niger Delta, therefore, investigation is on to determine those who gave the order to show that the IGP was not connected with the raid,” the source said.

Force spokesperson, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, had said in a statement that the tactical operations and statutory core police duties that the dissolved STS were charged with, are now collapsed and will be carried out by other operational, investigative and response units of the force.

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