- Chief Edwin Clark has narrated how police officers came to search his house
- The elder statesman said they did not find any incriminating thing
- He vowed not to stop giving his opinion about the government
Elder statesman Edwin Clark has expressed disappointment over the police raid on his Asokoro residence by policemen on the order of the inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris, on Tuesday, September 4.
Vanguard reports that the Niger Delta chieftain said he has never carried a gun in his life.
He said: “I have never one day thought about carrying gun, I have been fighting for the unity of this country, if at the age of 92 years, I am making statement, and they do not want me to talk, I will continue to talk, which is the position.
“I have been minister in this country, I have been a senator in this country and if by my age, I am nearing 92 years now, I will be accused of stockpiling weapons in my house, it is too bad.
“The police came to my house, showed me the warrant and I said go ahead. So they searched the house. They spent two hours and even my secretary, who was on her way to the bank; they said they must search her room and office, so we have to call her back from the bank.
“She came, they searched, they said they want to search my wife’s room, my wife is in Lagos, they said they will search her room, we have to look for the keys and they searched, they found nothing.
“That is what happened today, that is the embarrassment they wrote down that they found nothing, they signed and we signed. So we have asked our lawyer to go and get the report.”
The chairman of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, Idongesit Nkanga, condemned the raid describing it as an act of totalitarianism.
He said: “We condemn in totality the action of the police while we are hopeful that they will give us the result of the invasion. If they said they are looking for arms and have found no arms, they should very quickly apologize to him, the entire Nigeria and let us know why they have brought us into this state of affairs.
“We criticize it in totality and it will not end here, the government should stand up and start telling us whether we are in democracy because what is happening now is not democracy again, this is totalitarianism.
“Though the handwriting seemed to be on the wall before now because we have been observing impunity, if we are going back into military dictatorship, the government should let us know, that is what we have also been crying about. Let them publish the result of their invasion very quickly. If they do not do that, then Nigerians will start to know what is ahead of them, this is not democracy.”
Legit.ng had reported that emerging reports claimed that some men of the Nigerian Police Force on Tuesday, September 4, raided the Abuja residence of former federal commissioner for information and south south leader, Chief Edwin Clark.
The police who searched all the rooms of the elder statesman, alleged that they were in the house to search for arms which they accused him of keeping.
Legit.ng gathered that the officers who arrived the Asokoro residence of Chief Clark at 1.30pm, left the premises 2.30pm.
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