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Make findings of your probe into Odili’s home invasion public, Senate tells IGP

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Make findings of your probe into Odili's home invasion public, Senate tells IGP

Senate has urged the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba to make public, all findings of investigation into the recent invasionf the Abuja home of Supreme Court Justice, Mary Peter-Odili, by operatives of security agencies.

 

The upper legislative chamber, while also condemning the raid, commended the IGP for making arrests and constituting a panel to investigate the raid on Odili’s residence.

 

These resolutions were sequel to a point of orders 42 and 52 of the Senate Standing Rules raised during yesterday’s plenary by Senator Betty Apiafi (PDP Rivers West) on the “Urgent Need to Investigate the Invasion of Justice Mrs. Odili’s Residence by Security Agents.”

 

Senator Apiafi noted that on October 29, 2021, security operatives invaded the home of the Supreme Court Judge, who is a second most senior judicial officer in Nigeria.

 

She recalled that a joint panel recovery unit of the Ministry of Justice, comprising of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Nigerian Police and the Ministry of Justice, purportedly sought for a search warrant from an FCT Magistrate after a so called whistleblower claimed to have observed illegal activities allegedly going on in a house at Imo Street, Maitama, Abuja.

The lawmaker, however, expressed worry that “this incident, brings back to mind the similar invasion of homes of some senior judicial officers, including Chief Judges of the Supreme Court, and Judges of the Federal High Court in Abuja and other parts of the country in October 2016, which was widely condemned.”

 

Senator Apiafi wondered that the home of such a highly revered judicial officer could be raided in such a manner by security agents.


Make findings of your probe into Odili's home invasion public, Senate tells IGP

 

“The Senate is disturbed that eleven days after the incident, though the Inspector General of Police claims some arrests have been made and investigations are still ongoing, even though the details of such arrest have not been made public,” she added.

 

Contributing, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (APC Ekiti Central), who chairs the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, said no member of the upper legislative chamber “was at ease hearing the news of what happened.”

 

He added that the motion presented by Senator Apiafi, represents the collective desire of members of the National Assembly in ensuring that the government takes appropriate steps to bring to book all those found culpable.

 

The lawmaker noted that doing so would send a clear signal on the need to respect the sanctity of the judiciary and to also protect judicial officers in Nigeria, whose rights under the law must be protected.

 

Also, Senator George Thompson Sekibo (PDP Rivers East), recalled that the Port Harcourt residence of Justice Mary Odili was invaded a couple of months ago.

 

He said: “Several reasons were given why thugs invaded the house. I don’t want to mention the reasons, so it does not bring in controversy.

 

“Recently, as the motion said, the house in Abuja was also invaded. (And) then after a struggle, the security agents that invaded the place left the residence.

 

“They claimed to have brought a warrant from a magistrate court in Abuja.

 

“They claimed the Minister of Justice was aware of it. There are several claims.

 

“The Minister of Justice has denied and dissociated himself from that, the Chairman of EFCC has also done that.

 

“(And) I’ve read statements by the Inspector General of Police that he has carried some arrests and that they are investigating the matter.

 

“My problem is this, often times, things happen and then police investigates and, in most cases, we don’t get the result of investigation. I pray that this investigation comes to limelight.”

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