Around 2pm on Tuesday, police stormed the Abuja residence of Ijaw national leader Edwin Clark and ransacked the house.

The elder statesman claimed he was not informed ahead of the operation even as the officers presented a search warrant on arrival.

“There was no notice before the search. The policemen just walked in and demanded to search the house,” he told The Cable.

“When they came, my secretary wasn’t around and they did not have access to the office because it was locked but they insisted that the office must be opened. They eventually searched the place but didn’t find anything incriminating.

“They searched my bedroom too… we allowed them to do their job.”

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Now, a statement by police public relations officer, Jimoh Moshood, is claiming that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, did not authorize the search of Clark’s residence.

“The Force wishes to categorically state that, the Inspector General of Police is not aware and did not order the raid of the residence of the Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Clark as claimed.

“Consequently, the Inspector General of Police has directed the detention and investigation of the four personnel and the informant involved.

“The outcome of the investigation will definitely be made public,” the statement read in part.

He added that a “high-powered delegation of DIG and other senior officers led by DIG Habila Joshak, have been sent to apologise to the elder statesman”.

Moshood was quick to add that Clark has accepted the apology from the police.

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