Justice Odili:Police parade 14 suspects over invasion

The Nigeria Police on Thursday paraded 14 suspects in the invasion of Justice Mary Odili’s Abuja residence.

The suspects include fake police officers, a staff of Thisday Newspaper, Stanley Nkwazeme, bankers, lawyers, an Islamic prayer warrior, and a herbalist.

The men were paraded at the Force Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters, Area 10, Abuja, with the Police saying that seven other suspects are still at large.

The men were said to have been led by a fake Chief Superintendent of Police, Lawrence Ajojo, who admitted that he was engaged as a consultant by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

“I am not an officer of the Nigeria Police but a consultant for the AGF. He did not send us the raid on Mrs Odili’s House,” he stated.

A complement of security operatives had stormed Odili’s Maitama residence on October 29, alleging a purported tip by a whistleblower, Aliyu Umar, who claimed to have observed suspicious activities at the Supreme Court Justice’s residence.

Following an order by Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Iyanna, who approved the search warrant by a body identified as the Joint Panel Recovery unit in the Ministry of Justice, the security operatives invaded Odili’s Maitama residence but were reportedly resisted.

The magistrate later revoked the order, saying he was misled.

The incident sparked outrage with the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), absolving his office of involvement in the operation.

The police leadership and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) also said they were not aware of the raid.

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