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IGP Orders Investigations Into Invasion Of Justice Odili’s Residence

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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered a detailed investigation into the reported invasion of the Abuja residence of Justice Mary Odili, a judge of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Recall that security operatives including soldiers and police officers had on Friday, October 29, stormed the home of the supreme court justice over an allegation that illegal activities were going on there.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, have both denied authorising the search.

A statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba on Monday, October 1, said that 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, 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,” the statement read.

 

“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.”

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