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Senate Directs IGP To Publish Report Of Investigation On Justice Odili’s Residence

Nigeria Senate

November 09, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, to publish reports of  investigation into the attack on the Maitama residence of Supreme Court Judge,  Justice Mary Odili.

Security operatives had on October 29 invaded the Abuja residence of the justice.

The Police had in a  statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said, “The IGP has directed the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) to conduct a discreet 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.”

The Senate , who commended the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) for setting up an investigative panel on the invasion and his quick response over the arrests made so far, however urged the IGP  to publish the outcome of his investigation.

The Senate’s resolution was sequel to the adoption of a motion brought by Sen. Betty Apiafi (PDP-Rivers), having cited orders 42 and 52 of Senate Standing Rules.

Apiafi, in her presentation at plenary  on Tuesday, noted that security operatives had on Oct. 29, stormed the residence of Justice Mary Odilli, acting on a purported court warrant to carry out a search on her home.

“The Senate notes that on Oct. 29, security operatives invaded the home of a Judge of a Supreme Court, Justice Mary Odili.

“The Senate notes that Justice Mary Odili is the second most senior judicial official in the country”  she noted.

She said it was worrisome that the incident brought back to mind a similar invasion of homes of some senior judges in the country.

She said it was worrisome that the home of a highly revered judicial officer was invaded in such a manner by security agents.

Apiafi said it was disturbing that eleven days after the incident, details of the investigation were yet to be made known to the public.

Sen. Opeyemi Bamidela (APC-Ekiti), who seconded the motion said the move represented the collective desire of all parliamentarians in ensuring that the government takes appropriate action to bring those culpable to justice.

Bamidele also said that there was a need to respect the sanctity of the judiciary and protect judicial officials and every other Nigerian, whose life under the law deserves to be protected.

Sen. George Sekibo (PDP-Rivers), while recalling a previous invasion of Odili’s house two months ago said, “Several reasons were given as to 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 the EFCC has also done that.

“And I have read statements by the Inspector-General of Police that he has carried out some arrests and that they are investigating the matter.

“My problem is this, oftentimes, things happen and then police investigate and in most cases, we don’t get the result of the investigation.

“I pray that this investigation comes to limelight”, he said