- Raiders who invaded Justice Mary Odili's Abuja's residence on Friday, October 29, came to kill her
- This was the submission of the Supreme Court which spoke on Tuesday, November 2, through its director of press and information, Festus Akande
- Akande sent a strong warning that the judiciary will not remain the whipping arm of the federal government
The Supreme Court has broken its silence on the invasion of Justice Mary Odili's Abuja home by a gang of raiders.
Speaking through the director of press and information, Festus Akande, the apex court said the real intention of the invaders was to kill Justice Odili, Daily Trust reports.
Akande in a statement made it known that raiders came to kill the judge "under the guise of undertaking a search whose warrant was questionable and baseless."
Enough is enough
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He lamented that the judiciary is always chastised and ridiculed to silence because of its conservative disposition.
The court, therefore, called on Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba to investigate the incident and publicly announce his findings.
“We have had a full dosage of this fusillade of unwarranted and unprovoked attacks on our judicial officers and even facilities across the country, and we say it loudly now that enough is enough."
Senior lawyers storm Malami's office, demand probe
Meanwhile, senior lawyers under the aegis of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) were demanding an investigation into the invasion of Justice Odili's residence in Abuja.
The lawyers met with the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami seeking 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.
Speaking with journalists after the meeting, Awomolo said that the group also plans to meet with the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, later in the day on the issues.