- Femi Falana says the policemen who invaded Chief Edwin Clark’s house should not have been dismissed from the Nigerian Police Force
- He called on the Police Service Commission to revisit the dismissal of the three police inspectors
- Falana also urged the federal government to acquire the radar that has the capacity to detect weapons hidden in private houses or public buildings
Renowned human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has stated that the Nigerian Police Force should not have dismissed the officers who invaded the home of Chief Edwin Clark.
The legal luminary made the comment in a statement released on Sunday, September 16, The Cable reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Falana opined that the officers should only have been suspended, since the Ijaw leader had accepted their apology.
He urged the Police Service Commission (PSC) to revisit the petition; pointing out that the body is the only one empowered to discipline erring officers.
He stated: “In a country where no security officer has ever been sanctioned for invading and searching the home of any citizen, the dismissal of the three police inspectors ought to be revisited and reviewed by the Police Service Commission, the only body constitutionally empowered to dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over all serving police officers except the inspector-general of police.
“Since Chief Clark has graciously accepted the public apology tendered by the police authorities, the dismissal of the policemen should be converted to suspension."
Falana opined that police officers should not be careless with information concerning the importation and keeping of weapons in the homes of citizens “for fear of dismissal from the service,” in the interest of national security.
He said: “To prevent the violation of the right of citizens to the privacy of their homes by police officers and other security personnel, the federal government should proceed to acquire the radar that has the capacity to detect weapons hidden in private houses or public buildings.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris, ordered the immediate dismissal of three policemen involved in the illegal search of the residence of Chief Edwin Clark in Abuja.
The development was contained in a statement sent by the force public relations officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood.
The three personnel are namely: Inspector Godwin Musam, Inspector Sada Abubakar and Inspector Yabo Paul.
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