Police parade 14 suspects over Justice Odili’s home invasion

Police say the suspects come from different professional backgrounds.

Justicen Mary Odili (Vanguard)

Two weeks after Justice Mary Odili’s residence in Abuja was raided, the police have paraded 14 suspects that invaded the house of the Supreme Court Justice.

Contrary to earlier reports that the Justice's house was invaded by security operatives, the police said operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are not security operatives.

The Force spokesman, Frank Mba, who paraded the suspects said seven members of the group are still at large.

He said, “The seven suspects still at large include two soldiers.”

Mba also disclosed that the suspects conspired to raid the residence following information that Justice Odili was keeping a large sum of money in foreign currencies.

According to the police, the suspects, who were allegedly led into the Justice’s home by a fake Chief Superintendent of Police, Lawrence Ajojo came from different professional backgrounds such as as journalism, Banking, law enforcement and law.

During the parade, Ajojo confessed that he was engaged as a consultant by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN.

He told journalists that he was not a police officer.

He said, “I am not an officer of the Nigeria Police but a consultant for the AGF; he did not send us to raid Mrs Odili’s house.

Mba said in the course of their investigation, they found that the suspects forged the documents they presented during the raid.

The police spokesperson added that "the identity card, which was purported to have been issued by the office of attorney-general and which actually bears the signature of the attorney-general and minister of justice, is also a forged document.

“The signature that was superimposed on that ID card was also fraudulently obtained and fraudulently imposed on that document.

“The crime was a well-conceived one with actors drawn from different fields of human endeavours. It was a web-like arrangement with members of the syndicate having backgrounds in different fields such as law, journalism, banking and even some rogue law enforcement agents."

In a statement signed by Uba, the police gave the names of the 14 suspects as Ajodo Lawrence (principal suspect), Michael Diete-Spiff, Bar. Alex Onyekuru, Bayero Lawal, Bar. Igwe Ernest, Aliyu Umar Ibrahim, Maimuna Maishanu, Ayodele Akindipe, Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Musa, ASP Mohammed Yahaya, Stanley Nkwazema, Shehu Jibo’ and Abdullahi Adamu.

Meanwhile, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, had absolved his office of involvement in the incident.

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