The Police High Command on Thursday paraded 14 suspects over the invasion of the Abuja residence of a Supreme Court Justice, Mary Odili, describing them as impostors unknown to any of the nation’s security forces.
Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba who paraded the suspects at Force Criminal Investigations Department, said a fake Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP Lawrence Ajojo) and seven others who are still at large conspired to raid the residence following information that the Supreme Court Justice was keeping a large sum of money in foreign currencies.
The suspects also include an ex-staff of Thisday Newspaper Stanley Nkwazema; bankers, lawyers, Islamic prayer warrior and herbalist.
However, the Police commended the resistance put up by the security personnel attached to Odili’s residence for not allowing the suspects access to the building, saying that it could have been the greatest embarrassment to the nation if the operation had succeeded.
Reiterating that the suspects involved in the criminal acts came from different professional backgrounds such as journalism, banking, law enforcement and law, Mba said the suspects were not security operatives.
“I am not an officer of the Nigeria Police Force but I am a consultant for the AGF; he did not send us on the raid on Mrs. Mary Odili’s house,” he said.
Some supposed security operatives had invaded the Maitama residence of Supreme Court Justice, Mary Odili on the grounds of alleged tip-off by a whistleblower, one Aliyu Umar, who claimed to have observed suspicious activities at the residence
Consequently, an order by Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Iyanna, was said to have approved the search warrant by a body identified as the Joint Panel Recovery unit in the Ministry of Justice on October 29, 2021, leading to the invasion of Justice Odili’s home.
The Magistrate later revoked the order, saying he was misled while the Police and other security agencies also said they were not aware of the raid.