The Need To Uphold The Dignity Of Our Security Agencies

The Need To Uphold The Dignity Of Our Security Agencies
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In what has become like a Tuesday crisis in Nigeria, the Abuja home of the renowned Niger Delta leader, Chief Edwin Clark, was on Tuesday last week raided by a team of policemen who claimed to be in search of firearms. Incidentally, no firearm was found and the Nigeria Police swiftly denied knowledge of the raid claiming the officers acted on their own without getting clearance from their superiors.

The statement read: “The Inspector General of Police has approved the dismissal from the service of the Nigeria Police Force, three (3) Inspectors namely: (i) AP/No. 18858 Inspr Godwin Musa (ii) AP/No. 225812 Inspr Sada Abubakar and (iii) AP/No. 225828 Inspr Yabo Paul, and the immediate interdiction of AP. No 158460 ASP David Dominic who were involved in the unauthorized, illegal and unprofessional misconduct in the search of the residence of Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Clark in Asokoro, Abuja on 4th September 2018.
“Ap. No. 158460 ASP David Dominic was queried and being investigated for Discreditable Conduct, Negligence of Duty and an Act unbecoming of a Police officer which constitute Serious Misconduct and if not checked can be inimical to the image of the Nigeria Police Force and violation of fundamental human rights of the Elder Statesman as provided for in the 1999 Nigeria Constitution as amended. The gravity of the offences against the officer is serious in nature and dismissal from service is imminent.
“Consequently, the Inspector General of Police approved that AP. No 158460 ASP David Dominic, be on interdiction from Service pending the determination of his case by the Police Service Commission.
“The IGP also approved and upheld the dismissal from service of (i) AP/No. 18858 Inspr Godwin Musa (ii) AP/No. 225812 Inspr Sada Abubakar and (iii) AP/No. 225828 Inspr Yabo Paul, after the trio were tried under Oath in Orderly Room Trial for Discreditable Conduct, Illegal duty, Disobedience to Lawful Order and other misconduct contrary to the Rule of Law.
”The suspect (Informant) Ismail Yakubu from Waru Village, Apo District, Abuja, has been charged to Upper Area Court Mpape, Abuja for giving false information and telling falsehood that misled Police action.”
While the swift response of the police is commendable, the entire incidence is reminiscent of a police force that is not organized, where anything can happen. It is very fearful that a team of officers can raid the home of such a highly rated person without any clearance from authorities.
Recall the raid on the National Assembly on Tuesday, August 7 by mask-wearing officers of the Department of State Security, DSS, an operation that led to the sack of the DG of the DSS, Lawal Daura. Also on Tuesday, July 24, the homes of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu were also raided by police officers.
Security agencies must as a matter of urgency run away from this era of impunity and anarchy. They are supposed to protect Nigerians instead of intimidating them. We, therefore, call on the government to take very decisive steps to stop this emerging trend, ensuring that the dignity of these agencies is restored. Though they should be loyal to the government in power, the security agencies must not make themselves tools for the government to use to intimidate and harass Nigerians, before we fall into complete anarchy.

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