Police boss Ibrahim Idris

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Friday ordered the immediate disbandment of the IGP Special Tactical Squad.

Concise News understands that the police boss took this decision based on the unauthorised search of the home of elder statesman and Ijaw leader Chief Edwin Clark by operatives tied to the squad.

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“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,” spokesman for the police, Jimoh Moshood, said in a statement on Friday.

Moshood said that the tactical operations and statutory core police duties that the dissolved squad was charged with have been collapsed.

He said that Idris also directed that all the personnel of the squad be redeployed to other departments and formations of the Force.

Police operatives had raided the Abuja residence of the Niger Delta leader on Tuesday on information that he was stockpiling arms in his house. But they found nothing after the search.

And Clark is demanding a full blown investigation into the matter.

This was contained in two separate petitions addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Mohammed Babagana Monguno (Rtd).

In the petitions, with reference number KACCL/ PET/KA/76/18, dated September 6, 2018, and signed by his lawyer, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, Clark said though he had accepted the public apology from the police, he wants the matter to be thoroughly investigated.