Raid On Justice Odili’s Residence: IGP Keeps To His Promise Of Apprehending Members of The Criminal Gang

By Lateef Adegbite

 The last may not have been heard of the Criminal invasion of Mary Odili, wife of Peter Odili, a former governor of Rivers state and a Justice of the Supreme Court, residence in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, on October 29, 2021.

Prior to the invasion of the residence of the Rivers state born Supreme Court Justice, who sources said is one of the top Justices of the Supreme Court tfavoured to be the next Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, peradventure , if Justice Tanko Mohammad, the present CJN, retires from the Bench. The argument making the rounds was that the plot  may have been hatched by the Syndicate and their sponsors, to forestall her being appointed the next CJN, whenever the position becomes vacant, to avoid giving the Opposition People’s Democratic Party , PDP, which the husband is a Chieftain, the upper hand , in the 2023, general elections.

CJN Mohammad And Justice Odili

Odili, the former Rivers state governor, who many believe has Presidential ambition, even when he has not signified his intention to vie for the exalted Office had been on the watch list of the government  that the Nigerian Immigration’s Service, NIS, on orders from above  had seized his Passport  at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Internal Airport, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT,  on his arrival from the North American country of the United States, US, on June 20, 21, giving people the impression that it has a political undertone.

He had dragged the NIS to Court to recover his Passport but the agency had had that it was seized based on the request of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, after ‘’placing him on the watchlist’’.The former Rivers state governor had secured a Court for the NIS, to release his International Passport but the agency is still foot dragging to so.

  While the PDP Chieftain and former governor of Rivers state is still on the neck of the NIS, to recover his Passport, the worst happened.    This time  around,  Justice Mary Odili, who is on the line up to be selected as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, whenever the Seat becomes vacant if Tanko Mohammad, the present the,CJN, retires from the Bench anytime soon.

Justice odili Of The Supreme Court

This may have fueled the speculations making the rounds that the raid on her residence  may have been well plotted and executed in order to intimidate her and the entire Odili Family. The invasion of the Rivers state born, Supreme Court Justice was so embarrassing to the nation and the International Community that the Nigeria’s apex  Court was forced to speak out  declaring that ‘’enough is enough’’ of intimidation of the Judiciary.

Indeed, the invasion of the Supreme Court Justice’s residence may have encouraged  the Nigerian Judiciary, which is the third arm of government , to warn that ‘’it cannot only bark but bite’’, stressing ‘’it can no longer  be treated  with disdain and levity’’. The invasion of Justice Odili’s residence, may have given ammunition to the Opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, particular, Nyenson Wike, the governor of Rivers state, to attack the President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired army General, led- All Progressive Congress, APC, government of trying to muscle up the country’s Judiciary ahead of the country’s 2023 general elections.

At a special Court session  to mark  the opening of  the 2021/2022 , Legal year in the south –south state, on Thursday, November 11, 2021,  Wike  had said that  the Buhari led APC, government , at the Federal Level,  wants ‘’  to continue  to ride  roughshod  unchecked  over the Rule of Law and the sanctity of the country’s electoral system, hence, the renewed  attack on the Judicial Officers’’.

The governor, who could not hide his feelings noted that  ‘‘the attack  on Justice Odili’s residence is a prelude ‘’ to many  more  and even  worse  political maneuverings the country should be prepared to experience  from the APC-led Federal government’’.

The attack on the Justice Odili’s residence was so indicting on the country’s security agencies, personnel,  particular, the NPF, that Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector General of Police was forced to speak out  on November 1, 2021,  stating  that ‘’the Force did not authorize  any of its security operatives  ‘’to carry  out any assignment  in or around  the residence  of Justice Mary Odili and subsequently, directed  the FIB, ‘’to carry out a discreet investigation  with the aim  of  bringing the perpetrators to book’’. 

 True to his words, the Force had arrested and paraded 14 persons who were said to have been paraded on NTA and other Television stations, across the country, on Thursday, November 11, 2021, in ‘’connection with the illegal invasion of Justice Odili, the Supreme Court Justice’s residence. With the arrest of the fourteen suspects who  had invaded Justice Odidli’s residence, the Force that the police had  shown that they have the capacity and personnel to carry out any investigations.

Suspects Arrested By The Force, In Connection With The Raid Of Justice Odili’s Residence In Abuja

According to Frank Mba, a Commissioner of Police and the Force spokesperson, one of the suspects arrested was one Lawrence Ajodo, a fake Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, described as the Principal suspect, Stanley Nkwazema, a veteran Journalist and an Islamic Scholar, among others.  The NPF, spokesperson had said that ‘’three vehicles, a Laptop, printer and Flash drive used for the production of Fake identity Cards were recovered from the suspects’’.

He had said that the suspects were arrested  following ‘’investigations  conducted  by the detectives  from the FIB’’,  which was said ‘’to have clearly revealed  the Criminal involvement  of the fourteen persons arrested  and the individual roles played  in the invasion of the Supreme Court Justice’s residence’’ .

Given an insider information on how the FIB investigators penetrated the ranks of the syndicate, Mba, the Police Commissioner, had reported that  one Aliyu  Umar Ibrahim,  an acclaimed whistleblower, following a baseless and unverified  information  he had got  from one Yusuf Adamu,  parading himself  as the grandson  of Chief Odili, the former Rivers governor,  had said that  ‘’there is huge  sum of money  in Foreign currencies  stashed in the residence  of the Supreme Court Justice located at No.7 ,Imo River street, maitama, a high brown Area, of Abuja and thus, initiated ‘’the process  aimed at illegally recovering the said money’’.The syndicate were said to have contacted  one Bashir Musa, a Clerical Staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN,  and who in turn was said to have sought the assistance  of two others, Shehu Jibo and Abdullahi Adamu.

Odili: Passport Seized By NIS

The whistle blower was said to have been introduced to one Bayero Lawal, who had presented himself as  a Director in the Abdulrasheed Bawa, led Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC . He was said to have taken the whistle blower to one Hajia Maimuna Maishanu, who took them to one Michael Diete Spiff, her arranged Cousin, who claimed to be the Director of Foreign Currency Operations of a Ghost ‘s Account for Local whistle blowers &amp, Assets Recovery Panel, purported operating  under the Federal  ministry of Justice that  does not exit.

The alleged Diete Spiff, was said to have later introduced the whistleblower to the Principal suspect Ajodo, with the aid of one Godwin, a CSP, and also the officer  in-charge  of a non –existing  Asset Recovery Panel at the Federal ministry of Justice, who was said to have taking over ‘’the  planning and execution  of the illicit operation’’ .

The FIB reports further shows that through the assistance of one  Ayodele Kindipe, an herbalist, the fake CSP,   had engaged the services  of an Assistant Superintendent of Police and two soldiers  for the failed operation. The fake CSP, who had solicited the services of Nkwazena, the Media person, as well as Alex Onyekuru and Igwe Earnest,who are Lawyers. Nkwazena, the Journalist, who was recruited for the illicit Operation ‘’to play the blackmail role while the Layers are to help the Syndicate in perfecting Court documents and processes’’.

The FIB, had reported that that the Fake CSP had deposed ‘’to an affidavit in a Magistrate Court and eventually obtained a’’ search warrant for the execution of the raid in Justice Odili’s residence’’. They got it wrong. This sis because they were resisted by the by the agile police officers on guard in the Supreme Court Justice residence, who did not allow ‘’to execute the search warrant’’. 

There is no gain saying the fact that  Ajodo, the Principal suspect was an imposter and not really a Police Officer as he falsely claimed, the Ghost’s Account for Local whistleblowers & amp, Asset Recovery Panel, purported  operating under the Federal ministry of Justice  does not exist neither was it registered  with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC.

 But the question on the lips of most people was ‘’how the signature of Abubakar Malami, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, and Attorney General of the Federation and minister of Justice , on the ID presented  by the Fake CSP, during the raid was forged.

Malami, SAN: AGF And Minister Of Justice

 Even the search warrant which the suspects were said to have procured from a Magistrate Court for purposes of searching the Supreme Court Justice residence was said to have also be obtained under false presentation of the ID Card.’The entire Criminal operation, the Police FIB investigators, had said has ‘’no authorization of any known security agency official or Federal government ministry or Department’’, meaning that it was plotted and executed by the Criminal gang.Malami, the AGF, who may not want want his name to be dragged to the mud, by Ajodo, the Principal suspect, has distanced himself from him over the siege on Justice Odili’s residence. Note that he has claimed to be a Consultant for the Office of the AGF.

A Statement signed by Umar Gwandu, spokesperson, in the ofthe AGF, had described Fake CSP Ajodo’s case   as that  of a ‘’drowning  man scanvenging  for dying partner’’. The Statement reads in part: The attention of  the Hnourable Attorney  General of the Federation  and minister of Justice has been drawn   to a Confession  of a suspect  during interrogation  in the investigation  of the recent invasion  of the residence  of the respected Justice  of the Supreme Court, Justice Mary Peter Odili.

He noted that with all the Competent, high level Professionals and Capable human resources available at the disposal of the minister, how he could have descended ‘’so low to engaging a quack or Fake Police Officer as a Consultant’’. We are happy to note that investigation has commenced to unravel the circumstances and personalities behind the invasion and sponsored Campaign of Calumny against the AGF and minister of Justice.

TheMedia Aide believes that there are people who determined to drag  the minister’s personality and name  into the mud  in the murky waters of Nigerian politics I an orchestrated attempt ‘’to stir unnecessary controversies and public apprehension’’.  He would want the FIB investigators ‘’to disclose those who are after the AGF’’ insisting that the minister of Justice ‘’superintends over and respects  the rule of law and will not want to do anything  to undermine  the sanctity of his Office and the entire Judiciary and the country’s Justice sector’’.

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