IGP disbands tactical squad over search of Edwin Clark’s house

Ibrahim Idris, inspector general of police, has ordered the immediate disbandment of the IGP Special Tactical Squad (IGP-STS).

Jimoh Moshood, public relations officer, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

He said this was in connection with the invasion of the residence of Edwin Clark, Ijaw national leader. Moshood said senior officers of the squad who were linked to the raid were undergoing disciplinary procedures.

“The tactical operations and statutory core police duties that the dissolved Special Tactical Squad were charged with are now collapsed and will be carried out by other operational, investigative and response units of the force,” the statement read.

“Senior officers attached to the erstwhile Special Tactical Squad (STS) who were linked with complicity or played conspiracy role(s) in the unauthorised, 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.”

The IGP took the action after Clark called for a full investigation into the invasion of his house.

The IGP had ordered the dismissal of the inspectors while the ASP was suspended.

Clark, however, condemned the dismissal of the officers, saying they must not be made scapegoats.

He alleged that Joseph Mbu, assistant inspector general of police (AIG) in charge of federal intelligence, ordered the operation.