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Police apologise to Clark for invasion of home

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), on Wednesday dispatched a high-powered delegation, led by a Deputy Inspector General of Police (IGP) and other senior police officers to apologise to Chief Edwin Clark, whose Asokoro, Abuja home was invaded by some police officers on Tuesday.

This disclosure was made on Wednesday in a statement signed by Jimoh Moshood, police spokesperson, force headquarters.

He added that the delegation was received by Chief Clark and the apology was equally accepted by him.

Moshood explained that the action of the four police officers involved in the raid was not authorised, as the police boss “is not aware and did not order the raid.”

The police disclosed the names of the four police officers as ASP David Dominic; Inspector Godwin Musa; Inspector Sada Abubakar; Inspector Yabo Paul; and Ismail Yakubu, the informant.

Consequently, the Inspector General ordered their detention and investigation, directing that the outcome of the preliminary investigation be made public.

Already the officer that led the team has been queried and the three inspectors are currently undergoing orderly trial for the appropriate punishment, Moshood disclosed.

The police regretted that the search of Chief Clark’s home by the police personnel was illegal and unprofessional, because it was based on false information to mislead the police. It also didn’t follow due process.

It stated, therefore, that “the force will not condone misconducts by any of its personnel that can run contrary to the rule of law.

“The police have the statutory rights to execute a duly obtained search warrant in any premises where it has actionable intelligence or information that incriminating items or exhibits used to commit crime or about to be used for criminality with the aims of recovering them to prevent the commission of such crime or to detect the crime that have been committed.”

The police stressed that any officer who is to carry out the execution of search warrant must follow the laid down procedures within the law.

It added, “Where such is not followed, such an officer must be made to face the consequences of violating the rule of law.”

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.