The man, who allegedly informed the police about alleged arms stockpile in the residence of former Federal Commissioner for Information and leader of Pan-Niger Delta Development Forum (PANDEV), Edwin Clark has insisted that he did no wrong reporting what he believed was suspected arms shipment into the residence of the Ijaw chief.
Ismail Yakubu, a 45-year-old man whose report led to the police raiding Clark’s house located at number 43, Haile Salesse Street in Asokoro on Tuesday, told reporters while being paraded by the police on Wednesday that he was on a personal errand around the area when the taxi driver conveying him informed him of the suspicious movement.
He said he was going to Asokoro on Monday around 4 pm to receive a message around ECOWAS. He pointed out that he was inside a taxi and around the Haile Salesse, he noticed that the street was blocked but he saw a white Hilux van moving into House 43 in the street.
Yakubu, who hails from Waru village in Apo, Abuja and a council member in palace of the District head office in Waru, said that on further enquiries the taxi driver told him that the House belongs to the Niger Delta leader, which raised his suspicion as the driver told him the Hilux is filled with ammunition.
“So I dropped from the taxi and went to report to the police. I met Inspector Sada yesterday (Tuesday) and mentioned the House to them and they went there,” he said.
When asked if he regrets his action, especially now that he has been arrested and due to be arraigned in court for giving false information to the police, the suspect said “the point is that honestly speaking it is said that when you see a suspicious movement you should always report to the police, I don’t think I have done wrong by doing that.”
The Police Force Public Relations Officer Jimoh Moshood, who briefed reporters on the development, insisted that the Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim is not aware and did not order the raid of the residence of the Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Clark.
He noted in a statement that consequently, the Inspector General of Police has directed the detention and investigation of the four police personnel and the informant involved and ordered that the outcome of the preliminary investigation into the matter be made public.
“Notwithstanding, the facts that on daily basis the Nigeria Police Force across the country receives information from members of the public, which were promptly used to prevent and detect crimes and criminalities, the force will not condone misconducts by any of its personnel that can run contrary to the rule of law.
“The police therefore, has the statutory rights to execute a duly obtained search warrant in any premises where it has actionable intelligence or information that incriminating items or exhibits used to commit crime or about to be used for criminality with the aims of recovering them to prevent the commission of such crime or to detect the crime that have been committed.
“Any officer who is to carry out execution of search warrant must follow the laid down procedures within the law. Where such is not followed, such an officer must be made to face the consequences of violating the rule of law,” he said.
He named the officers involved in what he called “unauthorized, illegal and unprofessional” search as ASP David Dominic, Inspector Godwin Musa, Inspector Sada Abubakar and Inspector Yabo Paul. He added that the officer that led the team has been queried and the three Inspectors are currently undergoing orderly trial for the appropriate punishment to be meted out on them.
He said further that the Inspector General of Police on Tuesday sent a delegation to apologize to Clark over the incident.
“The IGP sent high powered delegation, led by a DIG and other senior police officers to aplogise to the elder statesman over the search by the mentioned four police personnel (including a senior police officer) and an informant roles in the unauthorized, illegal and unprofessional misconduct in the search of Chief Edwin Clark’s residence in Asokoro, Abuja on 4th September, 2018.The delegation was received by Chief Edwin Clark and the apology was accepted.
He said that informant now suspect, Ismail Yakubu from Waru Village, Apo District of the FCT will now be arraigned in court for giving false information.