The Inspector General of Police IGP Ibrahim Idris has denied any knowledge of the reported raid of the Abuja residence of First republic minister and elder statesman, Edwin Kiagbodo Clark.
Mr Clark in a chat with journalist said he was considering legal action against the police for what he described as an attempt “to militarise the whole country because they do not want opposition.”
He said “there was no notice before the search. The policemen just walked in and demanded to search the house.”
“When they came, my secretary wasn’t around and they did not have access to the office because it was locked but they insisted that the office must be opened. They eventually searched the place but didn’t find anything incriminating.
“They searched my bedroom too… we allowed them to do their job.”
But in a statement released by police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, the IGP said the raid on Mr Clark’s house was done without prior approval from his office.
“The Inspector General of Police has directed the detention and investigation of the Four (4) Police personnel and the informant involved. The outcome of the investigation will definitely be made public,” the IGP noted.
“Notwithstanding, the facts 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.”