Edwin Clark: Saraki Sees Something 'Strange' In Raid Of Residence
Since the Abuja residence of Edwin Clark was raided, reactions have poured in and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has seen something amiss in the incident.
They must have claimed that the order was from above on Tuesday, September 4th when they came to raid Mr Clark's home.
Four of them, all officials of the Nigeria Police Force, but on Wednesday, Nigerians began to hear a different story totally.
After police issued a statement, saying the raid was not authorised, the Senate President, expressed worries with the tide that things are taking.
He first described the raid of the residence of Mr Clark as an 'unwarranted harassment'.
Dr. Saraki said Mr Clark, was known for being very vocal in expressing his views on national issues, and insisted that the raid coming at a time when the nation was preparing for elections did not reflect well on the country.
"Such actions constitute a threat to democracy.
"Chief Clark, who is also a Second Republic Senator and former minister under the General Gowon administration 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 appears now, 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 — means that something is amiss," he stressed.
The Senate President further emphasised that these actions represented a gross abuse of state institutions.
The police have arrested the officials that raided Mr Clark's home, but Dr. Saraki says more should be done to forestall a repeat of such incident.
"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 re-occurrences.
"These kinds of ugly developments must stop.
"This country experienced a 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.
"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 caliber and status of Senator Edwin Clark can suffer such an unwarranted raid on his home, then what will happen to ordinary Nigerians as we move towards the 2019 polls and beyond?" the Senate President asked.
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