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Justice Odili: Wike demands immediate prosecution of invaders

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt
17 November 2021   |   3:28 am
Citing the non-interrogation of the magistrate, who issued the search warrant for invasion of the Abuja home of Supreme Court Justice Mary Odili weeks after, Rivers State Governor Nyesom, yesterday...

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Citing the non-interrogation of the magistrate, who issued the search warrant for invasion of the Abuja home of Supreme Court Justice Mary Odili weeks after, Rivers State Governor Wike Nyesom, yesterday, demanded the immediate prosecution of those behind the unfortunate incident.

He warned that if the culprits were not punished, law-abiding citizens would tend to resist search of their residences in the face of existing warrants.

The governor, therefore, charged the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba, to unravel the real motive behind the invasion.
Wike made the appeal when he led a delegation of Rivers elders and elected representatives to the police chief in Abuja. A statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, quoted the governor as commending the IGP for the arrest of some of the suspects.

He, however, charged the police high command to get to the root of the matter by ensuring that all those directly or indirectly involved face the full wrath of the law.

According to Wike, the only way public confidence in security agencies could be restored, is when all those who engaged in the despicable act, are exposed and punished in accordance with extant laws of the land.

He said the government and people of Rivers were concerned that the magistrate, who issued the search warrant, had not been quizzed to determine the motive for his action.

“Nobody has said anything about the magistrate, and we believe that the magistrate is not unknown,” the governor stated. He commended the IGP for being apolitical and professional in the discharge of his constitutional responsibility.

Responding, IGP Baba said the suspects were still in police custody undergoing investigation. On the magistrate in question, the IGP explained that the police had written to the Chief Registrar of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) requesting for his release, but the force only got his statement instead.

His words: “We wrote a letter to the Chief Registrar of FCT to release the magistrate, and instead of releasing him, they replied our letter, plus his statement to us. So, we don’t want to pick any quarrel. What we needed was the statement. We are working with the statement.”

He has not denied the fact that he issued the search warrant, and that is what we wanted to confirm.” Baba said based on the statement of the fake Chief Superintendent of Police, Lawrence Ajodo, the force had interviewed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, who denied knowing him.