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Dickson: Police raid on Clark’s residence disgraceful

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Dickson: Police raid on Clark’s residence disgraceful

…says, Ijaw spirit cannot be subdued

 

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State yesterday described as disgraceful, the recent raid of the Abuja residence of Chief Edwin Clark by operatives of the Special Task Force of the Nigeria Police. The governor made this remark when he paid a solidarity visit to Clark to reassure him of the support of the Ijaw people across Nigeria.

 

On the governor’s entourage were Sen. Ben Murray Bruce, representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District and a former Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Muktar Shagari. The entourage was received by Chief Edwin Clark and some of his kinsmen and associates, including a former Minister of Power , Prof. Godknows Igali; former Minister of Labour, Chief Graham Douglas ; former Senate Chief Whip, Sen Stella Omu, Mr Patrick Fufeyin and Mr Mark Emakpore .

 

In his remarks, Dickson condemned in strong terms the action of the police operatives, who claimed that they carried out the raid on the residence of the elder statesman based of allegations of gun- running. Dickson said the raid was an act of intimidation on Clark, the Ijaw people and by extension the people of the Niger Delta region.

 

, however, assuredthe Ijaw that no matter the circumstance the spirit of the Ijaw ethnic nationality would never be subdued by any force. “I am here as you know to condemn what happened here and to show solidarity with our father and leader who is almost 92.

 

There is simply no reason under the sun for the police authorities or whoever to associate a 92 year old man of the personality of Pa Clark with gun- running. “It is disgraceful for the security agency or institution that is involved and it’s disgraceful for the whole country.

 

It is a good thing that the Inspector General of Police has apologised and has also followed it up by sending a high level delegation to tender a formal apology. But it is absolutely condemnable that in a country that is under democratic rule, you have this kind of incidence where the private residence of a 92-yearold man was violently assaulted and his peace and serenity invaded. It is very sad.

 

They said they were looking for weapons. To even dream of associating him with gun-running is disgraceful for all those involved.” Clark had earlier narrated how the police operatives swooped on his residence and held his family hostage for about two hours. He said that the security operatives ransacked every room, including the toilets and kitchen.

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