Gov Wike commands IGP to unravel real motive behind house invasion of Justice Odili
Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, the Governor of Rivers State, has tasked the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, with determining the true motivation behind the recent invasion of Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Mary Odili’s house.
The governor noted that the magistrate who granted the search order has not been interviewed to account for his actions weeks after the disrespectful invasion of Justice Odili’s home.
Governor Wike made the remarks while leading a team of Rivers elders and elected officials visited the IGP at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
The governor, while praising the IGP and his staff for apprehending some of the perpetrators of the heinous invasion, urged the police to get to the bottom of the situation so that all those directly or indirectly involved face the full force of the law.
“We feel that we need to get to the bottom of this issue and that everyone who is directly or indirectly engaged should face the consequences.” It makes no difference who is in charge. That is the only way to dissuade people from asking, “If a Justice of the Supreme Court, second in charge, can face this, what will happen to regular people?” I have every confidence in your ability to figure out what happened.”
The governor of Rivers State voiced fear that if all of the perpetrators are not apprehended and convicted, law-abiding individuals will be hesitant to provide entrance to their homes to anybody wielding a search warrant.
Governor Wike stated that the October 29 incident has created a lot of scepticism and a poor view of some security services’ conduct.
According to him, the only way to rebuild public trust in security forces is for all those who committed the heinous act to be revealed and punished in line with the law.
The governor stated that the administration and people of Rivers State are worried that the magistrate who granted the search warrant has not been questioned to find out why he did so.
“No one has mentioned the magistrate, and we feel that the magistrate is well-known.”
Governor Wike praised the IGP for doing his constitutional responsibilities in an apolitical and professional manner.
He said that Rivers State’s security architecture has been generating great outcomes as a consequence of the IGP’s conscious refusal to politicise the subject of security.
“Today, the degree of peace and security we have in my state is due to your support for us not to intervene, not to politicise the problem of security.” The state has suffered a series of problems, which is regrettable. I believe we’ve had more than ten Commissioners of Police since I took charge in 2015.”
The governor promised the IGP that the state of Rivers will continue to assist the police and other security services.
Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), stated the suspects in the invasion of Justice Mary Odili’s house are still in police custody while the investigation is underway.
The IGP added that the police had written to the Chief Registrar of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) demanding that the magistrate who granted the search warrant be released, but instead his testimony was sent to the police.
“We submitted a letter to the Chief Registrar of the FCT requesting that the magistrate be released, but instead of doing so, they responded to our letter along with his statement to us.” As a result, we don’t want to pick a fight. The comment was just what we needed. We’re working on a statement right now. We needed to clarify that he had granted a search warrant since he has not denied it.”
According to the IGP, the police examined the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, who claimed not knowing Ajodo, based on one suspect’s and a false Chief Superintendent of Police, Lawrence Ajodo’s testimony.
According to him, the Attorney General agreed that his ministry had formed a recovery team at one point, but that unit has since been dismantled, and even its default chairman is being investigated by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC).
“He, Ajodo, also confessed to us that he was the one who copied the AGF signature from another document and pasted it on his identity card.”
Senator Betty Apiafi, Senator George Sekibo, Senator Barry Mpigi, Senator Lee Maeba, Senator Olaka Nwogu, and the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, accompanied the governor.
Former Presidents of the Nigerian Bar Association, Onueze C.J Okocha (SAN) and Okey Wali (SAN), former Minister of Transport, Dr Abiye Sekibo, and Mr Ledum Mitee are among the others.