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, on Friday, 29th October, 2021.
The Police Chief, according to a statement issued on Monday by the Force’s Public Relations Officer, FPRO, CP Frank Mba, described the reported invasion as a violation of the sanctity of the residence of the Justice of the Supreme Court and said it was unfortunate and unacceptable.
He also noted that the leadership of the Force was neither aware of the invasion, nor did it at any time order its operatives to carry out such assignment.
TheFact Nigeria recalls that media reports surfaced on the evening of Friday, 29 October, that the apex court judge, and wife of Peter Odili, a former governor of Rivers State, Mrs Odili’s Maitama, Abuja residence, was raided by armed operatives of the EFCC. It is noted that the former governor had been having a running battle with the anti-graft agency. The EFCC and the SSS, agencies both fingered as being behind the raid, have denied their involvement in the matter.
Consequently, the IGP has directed the Force Intelligence Bureau, FIB, to conduct a discrete investigation into the incident, and has assured that the Force is committed 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.
IGP Baba, to ensure Justice Odili’s safety, as well as prevent a reoccurrence of the unfortunate incident, has also directed the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to strengthen security around the street and residence of Her Lordship.
He also gave assurances that details of the Police investigations would be made public as soon as they are concluded.