By Uche Esther
ABUJA- A team of tactical security operatives have attacked the Abuja residence of the foremost Ijaw National leader and former federal minister of information, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark at No.43 Haile Selassie street in a stunt commando-like operation, in search of arms and ammunition,scaring the neighbourhood away with several security vans.
An eye witness who spoke to Daily Watch on phone in Abuja said ‘‘a tactical squad ordered by the Inspector General of police, Idris Ibrahim to carry out search in Clark’s residence. I do not know what they found in the house. But the way we peeped the squad from a distance, it appears they are after something from Pa Clark’s home. We are surprised at the manner with which the Nigerian security operative is turning to.’’
Confirming the raid of Chief Clark’s residence by security operatives, the National President of the Ijaw youths council (IYC) world-wide Barr. Oweilaemi Pereotubo also said that a tactical squad from the Inspector General of Police office, force headquarter, Abuja carried out a raid on Clark’s residence today, for yet known reasons.
IYC boss made the disclosure in a press statement made available to Daily Watch in Abuja, condemning the series of unwarranted raids of prominent citizens in the country.
His words ‘‘Security agencies have taken over Pa Edwin Clark’s Abuja residence in search of arms and ammunition. That Chief was stockpiling arms. Nigeria is gradually descending into a fully blown anarchy. This is dangerous for our democracy. Nigeria is heading to the cliff.
‘‘Relevant stakeholders need to rise in defence of our hard earned democracy. President Buhari should call his overbearing security agencies to order before they plunge the Country into an unmitigated crisis. There can be no democracy where there is no dissent voice. Mr. President should accept that our democracy cannot exist without opposition elements to his government. Chief Clarke who is a elder statesman, his views on national issues needs to be appreciated by the Government of the day instead of being witch hunting.’’ He stated.
When Daily Watch called the cell phone of Jimoh Moshood, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) to confirm the reason of Police raid at Ijaw National leader’s residence. But unfortunately, he did not pick calls either respond to text message inquiry made by Daily Watch correspondent in Abuja.