Security Operatives Search Justice Mary Odili's Residence In Abuja - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Friday, October 29, 2021

Security Operatives Search Justice Mary Odili's Residence In Abuja

••• The Twist

                           •Justice Odili 

The Daily Crucible | Published Saturday, October 30, 2021

Security operatives comprising soldiers and officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF)  conducted a search on the home of Mary Odili, a justice of the supreme court, in Abuja.

The supreme court justice is the wife of former governor of Rivers state, Peter Odili.

Her husband, Dr Odili,  is currently on the watchlist of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

It was learnt that the security operatives identified themselves as members of a joint task force stormed the residence over alleged illegal activities.

They  came with a search warrant, said they received information on “illegal activities” going on in the house, The Daily Crucible, learnt.

Heavy security presence involving the police and army was observed at the residence on Friday night. 

Several persons were also seen seated at the front of the judge’s residence.

But, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied the involvement of its operatives in the said search.

“The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, 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,” Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, said in a statement.

“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.”

••• Twist Suggesting Possible Error And Mistaken Identity 

However, in twist which suggests an error,  documents bandied by the security operatives revealed that the warrant presented by them to search the residence of Mary Odili, bears a wrong address.

The security operatives claimed they received information on “illegal activities” going on in the house, but documents revealed that one Aliyu Ibrahim had, on October 13, deposed to an affidavit stating that he has “observed some illegal activities going on in some houses within Abuja and its environs.

“That I am sure and convinced that the kind of activities going on in those houses within Abuja is illegal and hereby report the said matter to the law enforcement agency. 
“That I hereby state that all information provided by me to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

“That this affidavit is made in good faith and for record purposes,” the affidavit reads.

Following from this, one Lawrence Ajodo, identified as a chief superintendent of police and a member of the investigation team under the asset tax recovery panel of the ministry of justice, sought a warrant to carry out a search.

“That on the strength of the affidavit, we seek for a search warrant to enable us carry out investigation at No. 9, Imo street, Maitama, FCT, Abuja,” the police officer had said.

The warrant was granted on Friday by Emmanuel Iyanna, a chief magistrate at Wuse zone 6 magistrate court.

But the address for which the warrant was obtained is not that of the judge.

While Odili’s address is 7, Imo river street, Maitama, the address on the warrant is 9, Imo street, Maitama.

The search warrant also did not carry the name of the occupants of the premises.

Activist lawyer,  Mike Ozekhome, described the warrant as one with “fundamental flaws.”

Mike Ozekhome, who is lawyer to Odili, spoke to newsmen at the premises of the Supreme Court Justice. 

“It is a fundamental flaw. A search warrant must have the name of the person that you want to carry out a search on his or her house,” he said.

“Also, if they were looking for Imo street, they should look for Imo street elsewhere. There is an Imo close nearby. There is another Imo close somewhere in Garki, but this place is number 7, Imo river street.

“For that reason alone, they missed the point badly.

“If one wants to give them the benefit of doubt, one can say it was a genuine mistake which was why they quietly withdrew, contrary to the information circulating that justice Odili resisted search.

“On the other hand, it might be politically motivated to embarrass the justice of the supreme court and to embarrass her husband.”

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