“This kind of ugly development must stop. This country experienced peaceful change in 2015 because the government in power allowed democracy to work. If the government had allowed the flagrant abuse and misuse of state institutions to be the norm, we would not have had the change that occurred,” he concluded.
OrderPaperToday- The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has condemned the “unwarranted” search of the residence of an elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, by the Police.
Chief Clark is a Second Republic Senator and a former minister who served in the General Gowon administration.
The Police have since denied authorising a search of the Chief’s house and have apologised to the victim.
While reacting to the incident, Saraki described the Police’s action’s as “unwarranted harassment of the statesman.”
In a statement released on Wednesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki called for an open, comprehensive investigation into the incident.
He expressed fear, saying: “If a man of the calibre and status of Senator Edwin Clark could suffer such unwarranted raid on his home, then what happens to ordinary Nigerians as we move towards the 2019 polls and beyond?”
He added: “If there is a genuine reason for his home to be searched by law enforcement agencies, nobody will object to it. However, as it now appears, for the Police to conduct a raid on the home of a man of that age on the pretence that they were looking for arms and eventually, the claim turned out to be a hoax, then something must be amiss.”This type of action by the Police coming at this time when the nation is preparing for election is not reflecting well on the country. Such actions constitute a threat to democracy. They represent gross abuse of state institutions. Now that the Inspector General of Police has denied that the raid was never authorized, the next move should be a thorough, transparent investigation into the Senator Edwin Clark incident to prevent future occurrence.