- The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has aired his opinion over the raid on the residence of an elder state man, Chief Edwin Clark, by some police officials
- Saraki said that since the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, has dismissed claims that he authorised the raid, there should be a probe into the development
- The Senate president said that the act is a threat to Nigeria's democracy and a gross abuse of state institutions
Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the Senate president, has decried the raid on the Abuja home of one of Nigeria's elder state men, Chief Edwin Clark, by the police, and called for a thorough probe into the development.
Saraki described the incident as an “unwarranted harassment of the statesman”, adding that the act must not be pushed under the carpet, without the public knowing all the details, especially concerning who gave the order, who signed the police search warrant, which officers executed it and what objective it was meant to achieve.
Saraki said: “Chief Edwin Clark, a Second Republic Senator, former minister under the General Gowon administration is not just anybody. Yes, he is not above the law. If there is a genuine reason for his home to be searched by law enforcement agencies, nobody will object to it.
"However, as it now appears, for the Police to conduct a raid on the home of a man of that age on the pretence that they were looking for arms and eventually, the claim turned out to be a hoax, then something must be amiss.
“This type of action by the Police coming at this time when the nation is preparing for election is not reflecting well on the country. Such actions constitute a threat to democracy. They represent gross abuse of state institutions.
"Now that the Inspector General of Police has denied that the raid was never authorized, the next move should be a thorough, transparent investigation into the Senator Edwin Clark incident to prevent future occurrence.
“This kind of ugly development must stop. This country experienced peaceful change in 2015 because the government in power allowed democracy to work. If the government had allowed the flagrant abuse and misuse of state institutions to be the norm, we would not have had the change that occurred.”
Saraki told the federal government to remember its recent commitment to world leaders on the need to create a peaceful and conducive atmosphere for a credible, free and fair elections where citizens can freely exercise their franchise, without fear of violence, suppression and abuse of their fundamental human rights. He stated that such act contradicts the promise the presidency made to these world leaders.
He said: “Democracy is not only about elections. Circumstances that will create tension in any part of the country or make people feel that their fundamental human rights are being trampled upon should be avoided.
"If a man of the calibre and status of Senator Edwin Clark could suffer such unwarranted raid on his home, then what happens to ordinary Nigerians as we move towards the 2019 polls and beyond?”
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported that some men of Nigerian Police Force on Tuesday, September 4, raided the Abuja residence of former federal commissioner for information and south-south leader, Chief Edwin Clark.
NAIJ.com gathered that the policemen who searched all the rooms of the elder statesman, alleged that they were in the house to search for arms which they accused him of keeping.
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