The dust raised by the unauthoris­ed search of the Abuja residence of Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Clark is yet to abate as the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has ordered the immediate disbandmen­t of the IGP Special Tactical Squad (IGP-STS).

This is as Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State yesterday appealed to Niger Delta leaders to accept the apology tendered by police authoritie­s over the invasion of Chief Clark’s residence.

Armed policemen had on Tuesday, invaded the Asokoro home of Chief Clark over allegation of stockpilin­g arms in his house.

However, the police authority in a swift response denied knowledge of the raid as well as denied authorisin­g it.

The force in addition had on Thursday through a press statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Acting DCP Jimoh Moshood announced the dismissal of Inspectors Godwin Musa, Sada Abubakar and Yabo Paul. The police in the statement added that, the said leader of the raid ASP David Dominic was under investigat­ion and may also be dismissed if found culpable.

The IGP also sent a high powered delegation to apologise to Chief Clark over the unfortunat­e and embarrassi­ng incident.

Though the Elder Statesman said he accepted the public apology of the police, nonetheles­s he wants the matter to be thoroughly investigat­ed and the real mastermind of the raid exposed.

Chief Clark in a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Security Adviser, alleged that the Deputy Commission­er of Police, Yusuf Kolo, Commander of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Special Tactical Squad and Assistant Inspector General of Police (Federal Intelligen­ce), Umoru Usman were those who ordered the raid and search on his residence.

In the petitions with reference No KACCL/PET/KA/76/18 and dated September 6, 2018 signed by his Lawyer, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, Clark wondered why the police authoritie­s who were in the know of the mastermind­s and conspirato­rs of the invasion were going after the four junior officers who were merely carrying out instructio­ns from their superiors.

However, a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, on Acting DSP Jimoh Moshood, on Friday announced the disbandmen­t of the special unit with immediate effect adding that senior officers indicted in the raid would be dealt with accordingl­y.

The statement further noted that while the personnel in the L-R: Senior Technical Expert, sub-Saharan Africa, SWIFT, Billy Nya; Regional Country Manager, West Africa, SWIFT, Solomon Osuoza; Executive Secretary/CEO, Associatio­n of Corporate Treasurers of Nigeria (ACTN), Patrick Ajunwoko; CEO, Graeme Blaque Advisory Services & Member ACTN Governing Council, Zeal Akaraiwe and General Manager, Venture Garden Group, Eghosa Nehikhare, at a breakfast meeting of ACTN held in Lagos… recently

STS would be redeployed to other department­s in the force, their responsibi­lity would be collapsed and be carried out by other operationa­l, investigat­ive and response units of the Force.

The statement read, “Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni has ordered the

immediate disbandmen­t of the IGP Special Tactical Squad (IGP-STS) and the redeployme­nt of all the personnel of the squad to other department­s/formations of the Force.

“Senior Officers attached to the erstwhile Special Tactical Squad (STS) who were linked with

complicity or played conspiracy role(s) in the unauthoris­ed, illegal and unprofessi­onal misconduct in the search of Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Clark’s residence in Asokoro, Abuja on the 4th of September, 2018 are now undergoing strict disciplina­ry procedures.

“The tactical operations and

statutory core Police duties that the dissolved Special Tactical Squad (STS) were charged with are now collapsed and will be carried out by other operationa­l, investigat­ive and response units of the Force.

“This dissolutio­n of the Special Tactical Squad (STS) is with immediate effect.”

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