By Ayo DADA
The Supreme Court justice is the wife of Dr. Peter Odili, the former governor of Rivers state.
Justice Odili’s family residence at lmo Rivers Street in Maitama was besieged by fully armed plain-clothed security men for undisclosed reasons at about 5pm of Friday, October 29.
The whereabouts of the Supreme Court Justice, Mary Ekaego Peter Odili was not immediately known after the alleged unlawful siege on her Abuja family residence by the security agents.
However, in a drama that compounded the problem and confusion, many Nigerians believed that it was the EFCC that invaded the Judge’s house. The EFCC however denied having anything to do with the raid.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, claimed it did not carry out any operation in Justice Odili’s Home in a statement released by the agency’s spokesperson, Mr Wilson Uwujare Head, Media & Publicity.
The statement read in part, “The attention of the EFCC has been drawn to claims in a section of the media that operatives of the commission today, October 29, 2021 stormed the Maitama, Abuja home of a Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Mary Odili, purportedly to execute a search.
“The commission, by this statement, wishes to inform the public that the report is false as it did not carry out any operation at the home of Justice Odili. If there was any such operation as claimed by the media, it was not carried out by the EFCC. The commission enjoins the public to discountenance the report.”
MaTaZ ArIsInG later found out that it was the Nigerian Police that invaded the peace of Justice Odili when they laid siege to her residence in Abuja. They claimed that the search was effected after a whistleblower, Aliyu Umar, claimed to have observed illegal activities going on at No. 9, Imo Street, Maitama, Abuja.
Umar’s affidavit dated October 13, 2021, read in part, “I have observed some illegal activities going on in those houses within Abuja are illegal and hereby report the said matter to the law enforcement agency.
“I hereby state that all information provided by me to the EFCC is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.”
In a second affidavit deposed to by a senior police officer, CSP Lawrence Ajodo, the panel applied to the chief magistrate in Abuja seeking a search warrant to search the house.
The Chief Magistrate, Emmanuel Iyanna, subsequently approved the search warrant on October 29, 2021.
Armed with the search warrant, the police and other members of the panel stormed the house which turned out to be the home of Supreme Court Justice Mary Odili, who is also the wife of the former Governor Peter Odili of Rivers State.
She was said to have resisted the attempts by the policemen to search her house, insisting that the house belonged to her and not her husband.
Below are copies of the search warrant which the court has found to be defective.
A top source debunked the denial of the EFCC that they had nothing to do with the invasion of Justice Odili’s house when she/he said that, the “EFCC operatives, armed with a search warrant stormed Justice Odili’s home today, claiming to be investigating her husband. Justice Odili insisted that it was her personal house and not her husband’s.
The recent actions of the Nigerian Police Force smacks of harassment and intimidation of Justice Odili by the Nigerian Government.
This, to many is a strategy to intimidate and tarnish the image of Honourable Justice Mary Odili (SCJ) knowing fully well that she is next in line to succeed the current CJN, Mohammad Tanko, in the event that he leaves office right now on health grounds, even though he is due to retire in 2023 while she is due to retire in 2022.
The Buhari government has shown time and time again that powerful and important positions in government are exclusively reserved for the Muslim Hausa Fulani men, the kinsmen of the president, Mr. Buhari.
Nigerians need to keep an eye on what happens to Honorable Justice Ariwoola, who is also next in the line of succession after Mary Odili (SCJ). The government and her agencies may be planning to ‘remove’ her one way or another from her rightful position in line, so as to pave the way for a Fulani man or woman.
Nigerians should recall that on March 02, 2021, during the imminent retirement of IGP Adamu, MaTaZ ArIsInG published an article regarding the then appointment of who would replace the outgoing the Inspector General of Police, that Buhari’s government was planning on appointing a northerner no matter whose ox was gored; below is a quote from the article:
Among the top contenders for who succeeds IG Adamu, AIG Moses Jitoboh is seen as the favourite to step into his shoes and the most eligible candidate for the IG position. Jitoboh is Harvard trained and has what it takes to revamp the distrusted, corrupt and battered Nigerian Police force. It is however very suspicious as to why Buhari will extend the tenure of the incumbent IG Adamu who attained the retirement age at 60 years (MANDATORY). Could it be that the northerners power that be do not want to give the position to a southerner? NIGERIANS ARE WATCHING!!!
According to Police watchers, he has age, number of years left in the force, geo-political zone and more importantly qualification as his strong points.
HERE IS THE LINK TO THE STORY: General Buhari: Why AIG MOSES AMBAKINA Jitoboh mni Must Be The Next Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police
UPDATES: COURT REVOKES FG’S SEARCH WARRANT AFTER FIVE-HOUR SIEGE TO JUSTICE ODILI’S ABUJA HOME
A Chief Magistrates’ Court has revoked the search warrant granted to the Joint Panel Recovery unit of the Federal Ministry of Justice to search the home of Supreme Court Justice Mary Odili.
The panel, which comprises the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Nigeria Police Force and the Ministry of Justice, had obtained a search warrant from the magistrates’ court after a whistleblower, Aliyu Umar, claimed to have observed illegal activities going on at No. 9, Imo Street, Maitama, Abuja.
Amid the controversy, however, the chief magistrate issued an order on Friday night accusing the government of misleading the court.
The order read, “Upon misrepresentation to this honourable court that led to the issuance of a search warrant in favour of Joint Panel Recovery, Ministry of Justice, against House 9, Imo Street, Maitama, Abuja, dated October 29, 2021. In view of the above fact, the said search warrant is hereby revoked.”
Peter Odili, who was governor from 1999 to 2007, obtained a perpetual injunction from the Federal High Court in 2007 which barred the EFCC from investigating or prosecuting him.
In 2020, he again approached the Federal High Court to get another injunction to stop an impending probe. Last month, the former governor sued the Nigeria Immigration Service for seizing his passport at the airport.
In its response, however, the NIS said it was the EFCC that asked it to seize Odili’s passport as part of a probe.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, however, ordered Immigration to release the passport to Odili immediately.
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