Enough Is Enough! Raid On Justice Odili’s Residence Impunity Taken Too Far, We Can’t Only Bark, We Can Also Bite – Supreme Court Blows Hot

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By Henry Odeh

 

 

 

Enough Is Enough! Raid On Justice Odili’s Residence Impunity Taken Too Far, We Can’t Only Bark, We Can Also Bite – Supreme Court Blows Hot

 

 

 

The apex court in Nigeria, the Supreme Court has condemned the raid on Justice Mary Odili’s official residence in Abuja declaring that enough of such was enough warning that the apex court can not only bark but can also bite.

The Supreme Court described the raid as an act of impunity taken too far after expressing that it was taken aback at what it said was a shameful conduct by armed persons suspected to be security operatives representing different security agencies of government.

The Supreme Court made this known in a press release signed by its Director of Press and Information, Dr Akande Festus and made available to newsmen on Wednesday November 3rd saying that the a t was a show of brazen assault on the collective sensibility of the Nigerian Judiciary.

Sunrisebulletin.com gathered that many Nigerians have also condemned the raid on Justice Odili’s official residence since its occurrence describing it as unwarranted, shameful, and despicable.

Sunrisebulletin recalls that the official residence of Justice Mary Peter Odili’s official residence in Abuja was raided on Friday 29th October, 2021 by armed persons suspected to be security operatives of government representing different security agencies.

This development has led to condemnation and outrage by Nigerians who expressed their displeasures at such act many have described as undemocratic and uncivilized.

The apex court on Wednesday said it was shocked and taken aback by such raid by the armed persons suspected to be government security operatives which it described as Gestapo, unfortunate, and depicting gory picture of war.

“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, Hon. Justice Mary Peter Odili, JSC, CFR, on Friday 29th October, 2021 in a Gestapo manner that 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 uncivilized and shameful show of primitive force on an innocent judicial officer that has that has do far spent several years of her productive life serving the country she calls her own. This incident brought back, rather painfully, the ugly memory of October 2016 midnight invasion of the home of our respected Justice with unsatisfactory explanation as to the true motive behind such brazen assault on our collective sensibility.

“We wish to make it abundantly clear that the Nigerian judiciary is the third arm of the government of the federal republic of Nigeria and should be respected and treated as such. We have had a full dosage of this fusillade of unwarranted and unprovoked attacks our judicial officers and even facilities across the country and we say it loudly enough is enough.

“The judiciary should never be misconstrued by any individual or institution of government as the weeping child among the three arms of government that must always be chastised and ridiculed to silence because of our conservative disposition.

“Though, there have emerged discordant tunes from the various security agencies that allegedly participated in the dastardly act, we are not lying low on this dehumanizing treatment meted out to one of our own.

“We have commenced a full scale independent investigation to unravel the masquerades behind the mystery as well as the real motives behind the whole imbroglio. Similarly, we call on the Inspector-General of Police of the federal republic of Nigeria to rise up to the occasion by carrying out a discreet investigation and make his findings known to the Nigerian public with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice as quickly as possible.

“The Nigerian judiciary cannot only bark but can also bite. We can no longer be treated with disdain and levity. The rule of law and constitutionality must govern our conduct so that we can tag along with comity of nations and be taken seriously too.” The Supreme Court statement concludes.

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