Ismail Yakubu who is the informant who gave police information that led to the raid of the house of Chief Edwin Clark has revealed that a taxi driver gave him the information that he passed to officers.
The Punch reports that Yakubu who is an indigene of the Federal Capital Territory claimed a taxi driver told him that a sealed vehicle in the house of the Niger Delta chieftain contained ammunition. A two-hour search of the house of Clark however yielded nothing.
He said: “The point is that I was going to Asokoro on Monday exactly 4pm. I was called to come and receive a message at the back of ECOWAS. I took a taxi from Apo roundabout. When we were on our way, I was in front and two other passengers were in the car. I noticed that the whole street was blocked and then I began to ask questions to know what was happening. “It was then the taxi man said the street is where the Niger Delta people are living.
I probed further to know why the road was blocked and rowdy. He then pointed out to me to see the truck entering the compound, the compound was House 43. The truck was a white Hilux van and it was sealed. The driver said the road was blocked because the van was trying to enter the compound.
“The driver said the van was filled with ammunition. As an indigene of the FCT and hearing the information. I thought to myself that why ammunition in the FCT because residents of the FCT are peace-loving people. I said I cannot take that. I asked how sure he was and he said he was sure and that was why the whole area was blocked.
“On Tuesday morning, I met Inspector Sada and I narrated what I saw. I told him that I got the information from a taxi man. I told him the address and they went there to investigate.”
NAIJ news also reported that Bukola Saraki, the Senate president, decried the raid on the Abuja home of one of Nigeria’s elder statesmen, Chief Edwin Clark, by the police, and called for a thorough probe into the development.
Saraki described the incident as an “unwarranted harassment of the statesman”, adding that the act must not be pushed under the carpet, without the public knowing all the details, especially concerning who gave the order, who signed the police search warrant, which officers executed it and what objective it was meant to achieve.