Top Police Officers Visit Edwin Clark, Apologise For Raid

Raid: Top Police Officers Visit Edwin Clark, Tender IGP’s Apology
File photo: Edwin Clarke

 

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has apologised to Edwin Clark over the search conducted at his residence in Abuja by some police personnel.

The apology was tendered on behalf of the IGP and the Force by a delegation of top police officers who visited the elder statesman on Tuesday.

READ ALSO: Edwin Clark Threatens Legal Action Over Home Raid

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, confirmed this in a statement, saying the police delegation was led by a Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Habila Joshak.

Mr Moshood added that the delegation was received by Clark and the apology was accepted by him.

He insisted that the police boss was not aware of and did not authorise the search of the elder statesman.

The Force spokesman disclosed that the IGP has ordered the parade of the informant in the case before he was charged to court.

IGP Orders Detention Of Police Officers For Raiding Edwin Clark’s House

A team of police officers allegedly from the IGP’s Special Tactical Squad had stormed Clark’s residence in Asokoro, Abuja with a warrant to search for weapons.

The elder statesman, in his reaction, described the incident as an embarrassment and threatened to take legal action over the raid.

Read the statement below;

IGP sends a high powered delegation of a DIG and other Senior Police Officers to apologise to the elder statesman

Further to the earlier Press Statement from the Nigeria Police Force on the directives of the Inspector General of Police for immediate detention and Investigation of the four (4) police personnel (including a senior police officer) and an informant involved in the unauthorised, illegal and unprofessional misconduct in the Search of Chief Edwin Clark’s Residence in Asokoro, Abuja, today 4th September, 2018.

The IGP as stated in the Press Statement was not aware and did not authorise the search and has, therefore, sent a delegation of senior police officers, led by DIG Habila Joshak (DIG DOPs) along with some Commissioners of Police who visited the elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, and apologised on behalf of the Nigeria Police Force and the IGP for the misconducts of the said police personnel and the attendant embarrassment the search has caused on the elder statesman and his family.

The delegation was received by Chief Edwin Clark and the apology was accepted by him.

Furthermore, while the four (4) police personnel are in detention and being investigated and tried within the Force Disciplinary Procedures before appropriate punishments are meted out to them, the IGP has directed the immediate parade of the informant (suspect) on Wednesday 5th September, 2018 in the presence of the press and the public, before his prompt arraignment and prosecution in court.

IGP Orders Detention Of Police Officers For Raiding Edwin Clark’s House

IGP Orders Additional Deployment Of Police Personnel In North East
IGP Ibrahim Idris

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has reacted to the raid of the Abuja residence of elder statesman Edwin Clark, ordering the arrest of the police officers involved.

The IGP in a statement signed on Tuesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said he is not aware of the raid of Clark’s residence.

According to the statement, the IGP has therefore ordered the detention of the police officers involved in the raid.

READ ALSO: VIDEO: Edwin Clark Threatens Legal Action Over Home Raid

“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 the Nigeria Police Force will not condone misconduct by any of its personnel that can run contrary to the rule of law.

Elder statesman, Edwin Clark earlier today threatened to take legal action over the raid of his home by policemen.

The police officers on Tuesday stormed his residence in Abuja, with a warrant to search for weapons.

Police Raid Edwin Clark’s Residence In Abuja

Clark Asks Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency In Yobe, Other States

 

The Police on Tuesday raided the Abuja residence of elder statesman, Edwin Clark.

The officers stormed his residence at about 12:30 pm in two police vans in search of weapons.

However, no weapons were found at the end of their search.

Clark described the raid as embarrassing, adding that he will take the matter up legally.

Fighting Insurgency ‘Goes Beyond State Of Emergency’, Presidency Replies Clark

Fighting Insurgency 'Goes Beyond State Of Emergency', Presidency Replies Clark

 

The Presidency has responded to a former Minister of Information, Edwin Clark, who asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the three north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

Reacting to the elder statesman’s demand in a Skype interview with Channels Television, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina said declaring a state of emergency is not enough to win the war against Boko Haram insurgency.

“Under President (Goodluck Jonathan), state of emergency was declared in those three states, what did it achieve?” he questioned, adding “that is already telling you that it goes beyond a state of emergency.”

READ ALSOClark Asks Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency In Yobe, Troubled States

Addressing reporters earlier in Abuja, Mr Clark was optimistic that declaring a state of emergency in the states would go along way in curbing the activities of terrorists in the troubled North East region.

The elder statesman, who also condemned the abduction of 110 schoolgirls by the insurgents in Yobe, had also accused the state governor as well as that of Borno and Adamawa of failing in their duties as chief security officers of their states.

Hours later, Mr Adesina insisted that the Federal Government has a totally different approach to fighting the insurgency.

He said: “What should happen is bringing a decisive and final end to the insurgency raving those states and by the grace of God, we are almost there.”

The presidential aide, who announced earlier in a statement that President Buhari would be visiting some troubled state in state country, explained the rationale behind the visits.

According to him, “The President is going to those states to visit everyone; all stakeholders are going to be invited for meetings – traditional rulers, farmers, herdsmen, community leaders.”

Adesina denied claims that the visits were delayed for political reasons, noting that the President has decided to embark on the visits after studying the reports of the delegations he sent to the states.

He further noted that President Buhari took immediate needed steps to address the issues, including the security of the affected communities.

Clark Asks Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency In Yobe, Troubled States

Clark Asks Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency In Yobe, Other States

 

Former minister of information, Edwin Clark, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the three north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

The elder statesman gave the advice on Monday while addressing reporters at his residence in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

READ ALSO: Dapchi Schoolgirls’ Abduction A National Disaster – Buhari

Reacting to the abduction of some schoolgirls by Boko Haram terrorists in Yobe, he noted that declaring a state of emergency in the states would go along way in eliminating the problem of insurgency in the troubled North East.

The Federal Government had declared that 110 students were unaccounted for after the insurgents attacked the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, in Yobe State.

Condemning the attack, President Buhari had described the abduction of the girls as a national disaster and vowed that the Federal Government would spare no effort to ensure their safe return.

Although Mr Clark agreed with the President’s description of the girls’ abduction, he accused the governors of Yobe, Borno, and Adamawa of failing in the duties as chief security officers of their states.

He noted that “if a state of emergency is declared total”, what happened “in Chibok in 2014 could not have happened”.

On how to completely end the Boko Haram insurgency, the elder statesman explained that a doctrine of necessity can be passed to allow for a state of emergency with a sole administrator in place instead of civilian administration.

He said although there is nothing like removing the democratically-elected government, the Federal Government needs to “adopt the doctrine of necessity which had been applied all over the world.”

“The nation first, the country first; anything that was not envisaged before, the doctrine of necessity can cure it – why can’t we do the same thing?

“Create a conducive atmosphere and allow the military to stay there for the next six weeks, everything will be brushed out, Boko Haram will be buried forever,” Clark said.

Edwin Clark Calls Off 90-Day Ultimatum Issued To FG

Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Clark has called off the 90-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government to fulfil its promises to the people of the Niger Delta.

The Niger Delta leaders had called on the Federal Government to take more serious steps to protect the lives of Nigerian citizens in Bakassi.

They also sought the establishment of a presidential commission to protect Nigerians still living in Bakassi.

Furthermore, the group had decried the non-ratification of the Green Tree Agreement which according to them, has the ability, if implemented, to protect Nigerians who chose to remain in Bakassi.

Read Also: Edwin Clark, Others Call On FG To Protect Bakkasi Citizens

The appeal came few days after hundreds of Bakassi indigenes were chased out of Cameroon with many of them feared dead.

In March, the Federal Government had announced plans to resettle the IDPs from Bakassi as they described the ceding as a national loss.

The Acting President who spoke at a town hall meeting in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, however, promised that displaced indigenes of the region would be resettled.

He said the Federal Government would see to the construction of the Lagos-Calabar Rail to foster economic development in the state and for the good of the people.

Edwin Clark, Others Call On FG To Protect Bakkasi Citizens

Former Minister of Information, Edwin Clark and other leaders from the Niger Delta region have called on the Federal Government to take more serious steps to protect the lives of Nigerian citizens in Bakkasi.

They made this known on the platform of the pan Niger Delta forum, seeking the establishment of a presidential commission to protect Nigerians still living in Bakkasi.

The group also decried the non-ratification of the green tree agreement which according to them, has the ability, if implemented, to protect Nigerians who chose to remain in Bakkassi.

Read Also: Bakassi Indigenes Chased Out Of Cameroon, Many Feared Dead

The appeal is coming few days after hundreds of Bakassi indigenes were chased out of Cameroon with many of them feared dead.

Those of them who made it to Ikang in Cross Rivers State on Thursday arrived with tales of suffering and despair.

They were among those that chose to remain in Old Bakassi after the International Court of Justice ceded the oil-rich peninsula to Cameroon in 2002.

Read Also: Ceding Of Bakassi To Cameroun, A National Loss – Osinbajo

Meanwhile in March, the Federal Government had announced plans to resettle the IDPs from Bakassi as they described the ceding as a national loss.

The announcement was made by the Commissioner, Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Hajia Sadiya Farauk, at the Cross River state Government House in Calabar, the state capital.

Osinbajo Receives Another Demand From Niger Delta Congress

Yemi Osinbajo on NigeriaJust few weeks after meeting with some representatives of Niger Delta communities and groups, the Nigerian government has again received fresh demands towards ensuring peace in the Niger Delta region.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo received the fresh demands on Tuesday on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari from the Niger Delta Peoples Congress led by Amanyanabo of Ton-Brass Bayelsa State, King Alfred Diete Spiff.

The Congress Secretary, Professor Benjamin Okaba, told the Vice President that the group had come to re-affirm the submissions made earlier and to prioritise their concerns.

Some of the demands presented to the Vice President include; political reconstruction and fiscal federalism with management of resources by the constituents and a derivation principle that should allow the different unit annex and control its resources and pay appropriate and agreed tax to the centre.

They are also asking for the demilitarisation of the Niger Delta region, building of peace and confidence, funding interventionist agencies and a guarantee of environmental and human right protection.

The meeting with the Niger Delta Peoples Congress came barely two weeks after traditional leaders and some other indigenes of the Niger Delta presented 16 things they are confident will end militancy and bring development in the region if the government will consider them.

They presented the requests to President Muhammadu Buhari at a meeting held in Abuja.

Addressing reporters after the two-hour meeting, the leaders of the group, the traditional ruler of Amanyanobo Kingdom, King Alfred Diete-Spiff and Mr Edwin Clark decried the lack of infrastructure, human resource, manpower and welfare of the people years after oil exploration began in the Niger Delta.

Part of their demands are that the government should empower its people through training, open up the economy of the region through adequate investment in infrastructure and clean-up oil spills that have affected their farmlands and waters among others.

Militancy had resurged in the Niger Delta region in the second quarter of 2015, with militant groups seeking emancipation of the region and more control of the  natural resources.

To push their demands, oil facilities have been attacked in the region forcing some companies to declare force majeure, with the nation’s crude oil output and power supply largely affected.

At a time the nation is struggling to rise above the drop in the price of crude oil that has affected its revenue, the activities of the militants dipped crude oil production, with the output dropping by over one million barrels per day, according to figures given by the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed.

Any solution to the militant attacks on oil facilities presented to the Nigerian government could go a long way in boosting crude oil output and revenue to enable the nation wriggle out of economic recession officially declared after the second quarter of 2016.

The nation’s Gross Domestic Product had contracted by 2.06%, according to a second quarter report of the National bureau of Statistics.

Edwin Clark Advocates National Conference Implementation

Edwin ClarkFormer Minister of Information, Edwin Clark, has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to implement the resolutions of the 2014 National Conference.

The former Minister made the appeal on Monday at a press conference on the state of the nation and the way forward in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He expressed the view that the 600 resolutions from the conference dealt with issues of true federalism which he said provided solutions to the current financial situation that saw various states depend on the bailout to pay salaries.

Mr Clark appealed to the Federal Government to study the resolutions and take steps to implement the recommendations with a view to moving Nigeria forward.

Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, had also recently advised to the government to consider the report of the National Conference constituted by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Professor Gambari who was speaking at a forum, said that government is a continuum and as such, the Federal Government needs to examine the report before discarding it.

He explained that it was a waste of human and material resources for the government to ignore the resolution of 492 Nigerians.

Edwin Clark Writes Buhari, Supports Actions Against Pipeline Vandals

Edwin ClarkAn Ijaw elder statesman, Mr Edwin Clark, has condemned the castigation and harassment of the people of the Niger Delta for increasing instability in the region, but supported any punishment that may be decided for persons behind recent pipeline vandalism.

In a letter dated, January 22, Mr Clark requested that President Muhammadu Buhari should investigate the humiliation of a former militant, Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo.

A Federal High Court in Lagos had issued a bench warrant for the ex-Niger Delta militant after a council to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Festus Keyamo, said Mr Tompolo had consistently failed to honour invitations from the anti-graft agency.

The EFCC had asked Tompolo to appear on December 17, 2015 for questioning in respect of a 13 billion Naira land acquisition controversy for Nigerian Maritime University in Warri South-west Local Government Area (LGA) Delta State, with a threat to declare him wanted should he fail to appear.

In the letter, however, Mr Clark exonerated Tompolo from the recent attacks on pipelines in Niger delta, saying “he is a civilized Nigerian that can never be part of the renewed bombing of the pipes”.

The elder statesman pointed out in his letter that “the Niger delta region lays the golden egg, yet goes through humiliation and harassment by the government”.

“Except for one or two persons, no Niger Delta person or anyone from Ijawland owns an oil bloc, which are being controlled by other people from other regions,” he wrote.

He also condemned the renewed blowing up of major oil and gas pipelines by suspected militants in the Niger delta and urged the President to ensure that all the culprits were brought to book.

“I totally condemn the vandalism of oil and gas pipelines and will give you 100 per cent support for whatever action you take to bring the culprits to book. It is with heavy heart that I decided to take record of pipeline vandalism that have taken place within the last two years,” he wrote.

Mr Clark in his letter also requested that the President should look into the proposed scrapping of the Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Warri South West Local Government, Delta State established by former President Goodluck Jonathan and refund of the money already released for the project.

He further advised President Buhari to be wary of some persons around him, whom he said may be misinforming him and creating problems for him.

Group Codemns Clark Over Call For Full Emergency Rule In Three N/East

Edwin ClarkThe Borno State chapter of Niger Delta Peoples Forum has criticized elder statesman, Mr Edwin Clark over his call for the removal of governors in the three states under emergency rule.

Members of the group, who paid a solidarity visit to Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state in Maiduguri, pledged their support to the governor in the fight against terrorism in the state.

The group, during a protest against full emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, said it empathises with the parents of the abducted Chibok school girls and share the pains of the government and people affected by terrorism.

The Secretary General of the forum, Stephen Ebri, faulted Clark’s agitation for full emergency in the three states.

He said members of the group used to feel ashamed when some elders from the Niger Delta speak ignorantly on issues.

“There is one issue that is seriously troubling the mind of every one of us here and that is how some of our elders from the Niger Delta that are completely ignorant of the true situation in Borno State are attacking this government that is doing everything within its powers to address the problem.

“Sir, we were in Maiduguri when you were sworn in on May 29, 2011. In case our elders in the Niger Delta do not know, there are Niger Delta people living in Borno. We are from the Niger Delta, but our difference is that we are well informed about the true situation and they are ignorant, they don’t know, they don’t want to know and we don’t think they will ever know.

The Secretary-General also added that “we are worried so much by some of the utterances of our Niger Delta brothers like Asari Dokubo and elders like Chief Edwin Clark. Only yesterday, we read an advert by Chief Edwin Clark in the newspapers calling for the removal of governors, saying all manner of things that are out of absolute and annoying ignorance.

“This is a government that appointed an Igbo man as a cabinet member and that Igbo man is in charge of community relations, that Igbo man has been with Your Excellency for many years.

“Sir, anytime people from Niger Delta speak on Borno out of ignorance, we feel very ashamed because all that they say are not the truth of the ground realities in Borno State and some people assume that we from the Niger Delta share the hate views of some of these people.

“We have had enough of them. They are trying to mislead Nigerians and they are making us unhappy in a place we have been happy for many years. In the light of the foregoing, we, the great people of the Niger Delta in Borno State, hereby, disassociate ourselves from all utterances made against the government and people of Borno State.

“Anybody calling for the military is talking out of ignorance of the laws of this country. If anyone has a military man he wants to make Governor of Borno State, he shouldn’t come through the backdoor. He should sponsor that person to retire and contest elections for the governorship of Borno in 2015 and we will be very happy to send that person letters of commiseration after we successfully and proudly re-elect Governor Kashim Shettima in 2015 to continue his great work of sustaining the peace in Maiduguri and working to attract peace in the entire Borno State” the forum said.

Governor Kashim Shettima promised that his administration will continue to work to make sure that Borno state is hospitable and safe for every Nigerian irrespective of ethnic and religious affiliations.

He also told the Niger Deltans that he regards them as Borno people, contrary to what they named their group.

“I will prefer to call you the Forum of Borno People from the Niger Delta. Some of you were born here in Borno State; some of you probably had parents or grandparents born in Borno.

“Most of you have something doing in whatever respect whether as businessmen, traders or whatever it is you are doing and by that, you are contributing to the economy of Borno State.

“The allocations given to Borno from the Federation Account is given based on our population amongst other indices being considered, and all of you here, regardless of where you consider your roots, make up the population of Borno State and this means you are stakeholders in what we get from the Federation Account, you are fully entitled to all public services and privileges that we provide as a government.

“When Boko Haram members, in their evil ways, planted explosives around the post office in January, this year, the explosives did not choose victims based on their backgrounds and what part of the country they came from, the explosives simply targeted residents of Maiduguri who happened to be on the spot. This is the same of other wicked attacks in any part of Borno State.

Governor Shettima also cautioned Nigerians particularly politicians against making inciting remarks which could destabilize the country.

National Conference: Group Calls Southern Governors To Meet

Leaders in the Southern region, including the leader of the South South, Edwin Clark, Leader of the South East, Dr. Alex Ekwueme and Leader of the South West, Bishop Bolande Gbonigi, have released a communique expressing their support for the National Conference.

The communiqué by the Southern Nigeria People’s Assembly (SNPA) read that members believed that the National Conference would strengthen the unity of Nigeria, rather than lead to the disintegration of the country.

Therefore, the Southern Assembly resolved to not only participate in the National Conference, but also enjoined patriotic Nigerians to be part of the conference with the sole objective of contributing to the development of the country.

The statement further read: “In line with global practices, the 75 percent consensus clause in the modalities for the National Conference needs to be revisited/reviewed for ease of decision making.

“That the SNPA enjoins all governors of the seventeen states of Southern Nigeria, irrespective of their political affiliations to meet regularly to discuss matters of common interest. We crave that the inaugural meeting of the governors should be held as soon as possible.

“That in furtherance of the SNPA decision in our Lagos conference, the Southern Assembly re-affirms its support for the exercise of the constitutional right of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, to seek re-election in 2015.”