Malami Denies Ordering Security Raid on Mary Odili’s Abuja Residence

Malami Denies Ordering Security Raid on Mary Odili’s Abuja Residence

  • The media was awash with stories of how security operatives raided the home of Justice Mary Odili on Friday, October 29
  • The raid had sparked outrage among Nigerians with many saying it is reminiscent of the early years of the Buhari administration
  • Nigeria's chief law officer, Abubakar Malami, SAN who was linked to the raid has now made clarifications concerning the issue

FCT, Abuja - Nigeria's Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has denied ordering the security raid carried out in the residence of Supreme Court Justice, Mary Odili.

In a statement sent to on Saturday, October 30, and signed by his media aide, Umar Gwandu, Malami stated that he was not in any way connected to the raid.

AGF Malami has denied having a hand in the security raid of Odili’s Abuja residence. Photo credit: Ministry of Justice
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The AGF expressed worry about news reports linking him to the raid, describing them as concocted lies.

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Part of the statement read:

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“It is important to set the record straight that as the Chief Law Officer of the Federation, Malami will not stoop too low to be associated with an apparent in-elegant and nasty court process on the strength of which the purported search warrant was procured.
“The media reports on the issue depict to untidy process that could never emanate from the Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice."
“The general public needs to know that there was nothing called “Joint Panel Recovery Under the Ministry of Justice” in the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and by extension the entire Federal Ministry of Justice.
“What we have is Inter-Ministerial Committee on Assets Recovery the mandate of which does not include sting operations.”

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The minister noted that his office has since reached out to the relevant authorities for an intensified wider investigation on the matter for necessary actions leading to the prosecution of anyone involved.

Security operatives storm Mary Odili's Abuja residence had earlier reported that security operatives on Friday, October 29, stormed the Abuja home of Justice Odili.

The operatives were reportedly at Justice Odili's to execute a search warrant as part of investigations on allegations against her husband, Peter Odili, a former Rivers governor.

The apex court judge was said to have been infuriated over the raid and tongue-lashed the security operatives.

EFCC denies carrying out security raid on Justice Odili's home

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied news making the round that Justice Odili was invaded by its personnel.

According to the anti-graft commission, there is no truth in the news that Odili's home was invaded by its operatives.

The commission enjoined the public to discountenance the media reports linking its operatives to the raid.


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