The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered detailed investigations into the reported invasion of the Abuja residence of Justice Mary Odili, an incident that occurred on Friday, October 29, 2021. The IGP, who noted that the leadership of the Force is not aware and did not at any time order Police operatives to carry out such assignment, according to a statement by CP Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters Abuja, “described the reported violation of the sanctity of the residence of the Justice of the Supreme Court as unfortunate and unacceptable.
“Consequently, the IGP has directed the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) to conduct a discrete investigation into the incident. He assured the commitment of the Force to the safety and security of the members of the Judiciary and Nigerians in general. He further called for calm, promising that the Force will do all within its powers to unravel the perpetrators and motives behind the breach with a view to bringing all indicted persons to book.
“Meanwhile, the IGP has directed the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to strengthen security around the street and residence of Her Lordship, Justice Mary Odili JSC to ensure her safety and also to prevent a reoccurrence of the unfortunate incident. The IGP assured that the details of Police investigations would be made public on conclusion of investigations,” the statement concluded.
Imo NBA decries seige on Odili’s home
By Peter Okolie
Owerri, Nov. 1, 2021
Meanwhile, the Imo state chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has decried Friday’s reported seige on Justice Mary Peter-Odili’s residence by security operatives.
This is contained in a communique issued in Owerri at the end of a meeting of Chairmen of the five NBA branches in the state on Monday.
The communique was signed by Mr J.I. Ogamba (Owerri), Chief A.U. Ugboaja (Mbaise), Mr R.C. Ndeme (Okigwe), Mr B.A. Munonye (Orlu) and Chief Richard Anyanwu (Mbano/Etiti).
The group described the seige as “barbaric”, urging the Federal Government to unravel those behind the incident.
The communique reads in part: “the invasion is reminiscent of the better-forgotten and unsavoury invasions of the houses of justices and judges by officers of DSS in a purported ‘sting operation’ in 2016.
“The purported Order made by the Magistrate Court, Wuse, has been revoked by the Magistrate, who made same.
“All the relevant security agencies have denied involvement in this unfortunate incident; and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, has come out to deny knowledge of this barbaric action by rogue security agencies.
“These go to show that the shield bearers of our democracy (Judiciary) are now easy preys to the same security agencies who are meant to protect them”.
The lawyers called for “a thorough investigation into the sequence of events, culminating into the seige, and for all those culpable to be dealt with in accordance with the extant laws.
“It would serve as a deterrent to would-be overzealous security agents and their collaborators in power, who may be tempted to embarrass and ridicule the judiciary,” they added.