JUST IN: Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Blows Hot, Calls IGP Ibrahim Idris, The Entire Police Force, To Immediate Order

By Post-Nigeria: September 5, 2018 12:25

JUST IN: Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Blows Hot, Calls IGP Ibrahim Idris, The Entire Police Force, To Immediate Order

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said that the raid on the Abuja residence of Elder Statesman, Edwin Clark, is a threat to the country’s democracy.

Recall, that on Tuesday, some Police Officers searched Clark’s residence, but did not find anything incriminating.

Thereafter, Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police, ordered the detention of the Policemen involved, as well as the informant.

Speaking, Jimoh Moshood, the Police Spokesman, stated that the Policemen carried out the raid without approval from the authorities.

The Police have already apologised to Clark.

However, reacting on Wednesday, Saraki described the incident as an “unwarranted harassment of the Statesman”.

“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”, Saraki said in a statement released by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his Special Adviser on Media.

“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 elections, 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 authorised, 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 reminded the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, of its commitment to World Leaders, to create a peaceful and conducive atmosphere necessary for a credible, free and fair elections, devoid of intimidation, suppression, and human rights abuse.

“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”, he said.

“If a man of the caliber and status of Senator Edwin Clark, aged 91, could suffer such unwarranted raid on his home, then what happens to ordinary Nigerians, as we move towards the 2019 polls and beyond?”


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