Dickson Condemns Police Raid On Clark’s Residence


The Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon Seriake Dickson has condemned in strong terms the police raid on the Abuja residence of Ijaw National Leader and Elder statesman, Pa Edwin Clark.
A statement by Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Mr Fidelis Soriwei quoted him as having described the police action as reprehensible, shocking and condemnable.
He said that the action smacks of so much desperation, callousness and insensitivity in a country under democratic governance.
Governor Dickson said that police action showed lack of respect for the leaders in Nigeria and the people of the Niger Delta who have made sustained efforts to ensure the prevalence of peace in the region.
The Governor wondered how the police and indeed any security agency could associate a 92- year- old man and acclaimed leader of the Niger Delta with gun-running.
Dickson stressed that it was inconceivable, preposterous and indeed callous on the part of anybody or agency to subject the 92-year-old former Federal Commi-ssioner for Information with gun- running.
The Governor stated further that the police action was indeed an insult and an embarrassment which signified that law and order had broken down in the country.
The Governor called on the police authorities and those who authorised the embarrassing raid on the residence of the nonagenarian leader to tender an apology for the reckless action without delay.
Dickson said: “I condemned in very strong terms the recent raid on the residence of Ijaw National Leader, our father, Chief Edwin Clark.
“The police action signifies the height of callousness, insensitivity, and embarrassment not only to the person of the 92 year old leader but also to the Niger Delta and indeed all Nigerians of good conscience.
“It is shocking, inconceivable and preposterous for anybody to associate Pa Clark, a former Federal Commissioner, and Senator and a Leader of his people with gunrunning at the age of 92. This is sad and unacceptable.
“I call on all those behind this infamy to retrace their steps and tender an unreserved apology to Pa Clark and Nigerians without any further delay.”
He urged the relevant authorities to punish those responsible for the annoying action.