The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has approved the dismissal three inspectors from the Nigeria Police Force. The officers were involved in the illegal search of the Abuja home of elder statesman and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark.
The names of the dismissed inspectors are Godwin Musa with service number: AP/No. 18858;Sada Abubakar:AP/No. 225812 and Yabo Paul: AP/No. 225828 . The police had said that the officers acted without approval.
In a statement to issued on Thursday announcing the dismissal, the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Jimoh Moshood, said the Assistant Superintendent Of Police, David Dominic, who led the illegal search team, was still being investigated and would face his own punishment appropriately.
According to the statement, the officers 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.”
The statement read further:”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.”