The police have dismissed the three inspectors involved in the search of the home of elder statesman, Edwin Clark.
The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, approved the dismissal of the officers from the force, Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, said in a statement on Thursday.
Mr Moshood explained that the inspectors – Godwin Musa, Sada Abubakar and Yabo Paul – were dismissed after they were tried under ‘Oath in Orderly Room Trial’ for discreditable conduct, illegal duty, disobedience to lawful order and “other misconduct contrary to the rule of law”.
Disciplinary action was also taken against the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), David Dominic, who the Force said led the search of Clark’s residence in Asokoro, Abuja.
Mr Moshood said Dominic was queried and is being investigated “for discreditable conduct, negligence of duty and an act unbecoming of a police officer which constitute serious misconduct.
The police said if such conduct is not checked, it can be inimical to the image of the Nigeria Police Force, adding that the raid was capable of violating “the human rights of the elder statesman as provided for in the 1999 Nigeria Constitution as amended”.
Although Dominic was not dismissed along with the inspectors, Mr Moshood did not rule out that possibility.
“The gravity of the offences against the officer is serious in nature and dismissal from service is imminent,” he said.
“Consequently, the Inspector General of Police approved that AP. No 158460 ASP David Dominic, be on interdiction from Service pending the determination of his case by the Police Service Commission.”
He also disclosed that the informant, Ismail Yakubu, has been charged to a court in the Federal Capital Territory, for giving false information and telling falsehood that misled police action.