- Supreme Court has faulted the alleged attack on Justice Mary Odili's residence in Abuja on Friday, October 29
- The apex court described the attack as an uncivilised one and shameful while noting that it is to too extreme
- The court condemned the attack, saying it is a show of force on an innocent judicial officer, adding that it is impunity taken too far
The Supreme Court of Nigeria on Tuesday, November 2, faulted the invasion of the residence of Justice Mary Odili by security operatives, describing it as impunity taken too far.
The Punch reports that the apex court warned that judiciary should not be misconstrued by any individual or institution of government as the weeping child among the three arms of government.
The Court, in a statement by its Director of Press and Information, Dr. Festus Akande, described the attack as an uncivilised and shameful show of primitive force on an innocent judicial officer, PM News also reported.
The statement reads in part:
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“We are alarmed with the news of the unwarranted and despicable raid on the official residence of one of our senior justices in the Supreme Court, Justice Mary Odili, on Friday, October 29 2021 in a gestapo manner
“The attack unfortunately depicted a gory picture of war by some armed persons suspected to be security operatives representing different agencies of government who seemed to have come to kill and maim their target under the guise of undertaking a search whose warrant was questionable and baseless.
“We are deeply saddened and taken aback by this uncivilised and shameful show of primitive force on an innocent judicial officer that has so far spent several years of her productive life serving the country she calls her own."
It would be recalled that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, October 29, stormed the Abuja home of Justice Odili.
The EFCC officers were at the house to execute a search warrant as part of investigations on allegations against her husband, Peter Odili, a former Rivers governor.
Senior Lawyers storm Malami's office, demand probe on Justice Odili’s home
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that senior lawyers under the aegis of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) are demanding an investigation into the invasion of Justice Odili residence in Abuja.
The newspaper reports that on Tuesday, November 2, the lawyers met with the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and seek for a probe into the issue.
Members of the group, including Adegboyega Awomolo, Prof Yemi Akinseye-George and Jibrin Okutepa, among others warned that the recent development threatens judicial independence and the nation’s democracy.