The three policemen who raided the home of an elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark’s located at Asokoro area, Abuja have been dismissed by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
The three now ex-policemen had carried out a search at the residence on Tuesday for arms and ammunition after allegedly receiving a tip from one Ismail Yakubu who in turn claimed he received it from an unidentified taxi driver.
The Police Spokesman, Jimoh Moshood disclosed on Thursday that the three inspectors: Godwin Musa, Sada Abubakar and Yabo Paul were dismissed for unprofessional misconduct and the unauthorized search of the residence Mr. Clark in Abuja.
He revealed that the three men were tried under oath in orderly room trial for illegal duty, disobedience to lawful order and misconduct contrary to the rule of law.
The Spokesman also revealed that the fourth officer, ASP DAvid Dominic who was the led the search is currently undergoing query and being investigated for the negligence of duty, discreditable misconduct and act unbecoming of a police officer.
“The IGP has approved the dismissal from the service of the Nigeria Police Force, three Inspectors namely, Godwin Musa, Sada Abubakar and Yabo Paul, and the immediate interdiction of ASP David Dominic who were involved in the unauthorized, illegal and unprofessional misconduct in the search of the residence of Chief Edwin Clark in Asokoro, Abuja on 4th September, 2018,” he stated.
“Consequently, the IGP approved that AP. No 158460 ASP David Dominic, be on interdiction from service pending the determination of his case by the Police Service Commission,” the spokesman added.
The force further pointed out that the informant, Yakubu from Waru Village, Apo District, Abuja, had been charged before Upper Area Court, Mpape, Abuja, for giving false information and “telling falsehood that misled police action.”
However, Dr Kayode who is the lawyer representing Clark insisted that the incident required thorough investigation, noting that there was no way such search could have been carried out without authorization.
He noted that only thorough investigation could satisfy Mr. Clark, and warning that the sacked policemen should not be made a scapegoat.