- An Ijaw group claimed that the recent raid on Edwin Clark's house is an attempt to victimise the elder statesman
- It said the raid on the residence of the 91-year-old foremost Ijaw son was a big insult on the people of Ijaw ethnic tribe
- The group said a similar raid conducted on Kingsley Kuku's house proves an ethnic attack on the people of Ijaw
A group, Ijaw Solidarity Forum (ISF), has described the raid on the homes of the elder statesman Edwin Clark and the former Presidential Amnesty co-ordinator, Kingsley Kuku, by the police as a political attempt to intimidate the two powerful Ijaw men.
The ISF, in a statement by its coordinator, Borowei Peretei, in Akure, Ondo state, said the raid is an ethnic attack on Ijaw, Vanguard reports.
The statement read: “The move is a clearly premeditated political attempt and a tacit ploy to intimidate the opposition ahead of the 2019 general elections.
"Nothing could have offended the people of Ijaw ethnic tribe more than the reckless conduct of the police, all in the name of searching for non-existing arms and ammunition in the homes of their illustrious sons.
“No bigger insult could have been meted out to the people of Ijaw ethnic tribe by the police than the raid on the residence of a 91-year-old foremost Ijaw son.
“We cannot fathom what a man of Chief Clark’s age would be doing with weapons, which as a matter of fact only exists in the imagination of the police."
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators on Wednesday, September 5, condemned the invasion of the house of elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, by some police officers.
In a statement signed by the leaders of the various militant groups, the coalition alleged that the aim of the invasion was to assassinate Clark for championing the cause of the Niger Delta people.
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