The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris on Friday ordered the immediate disbandment of the IGP Special Tactical Squad(IGP-SIS) and the redeployment of all its members to other departments and formations of the police, a statement by police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said.
The statement said senior Officers attached to the Squad who were linked “with complicity or played conspiracy role(s) in the unauthorized, illegal and unprofessional misconduct in the search of Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Clark’s residence in Asokoro, Abuja on the 4th of September, 2018 are now undergoing strict disciplinary procedures”.
Moshood said the tactical operations and statutory core police duties that the dissolved Special Tactical Squad (STS) were charged with are now collapsed and would be carried out henceforth by other operational, investigative and response units of the Force.
On Tuesday the Abuja residence of Clark, a Minister of Information in the First Republic was searched by policemen who said they were looking for weapons illegally stored in elder statesman’s home.
The leadership of the police disowned the police officers claiming they acted illegally even though they procured a warrant for the search. Three of the four policemen ( all of the rank of Inspector) involved in the actual search of the residence with the fourth, an Assistant Superintendent of Police(ASP), placed on interdiction until investigation into his role in the search is completed.
the IGP would later send a team of senior police officers led by Joshak Habila, a Deputy Inspector General of Police(DIG) in charge of Operation, to visit Clark and convey the apologies of the Inspector General of Police. On On Friday, two days after the policemen were dismissed, Clark while receiving former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, said the dismissal of the policemen was not enough, suggesting that they were being made scapegoats for an assignment authorized by superiors. He called for a full investigation into the matter.