A 48-hour ultimatum has been issued to the Federal Government to bring to book the masterminds behind the invasion of the residence of a Supreme Court of Nigeria judge, Justice Mary Odili in Abuja last Friday.
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and other leaders of the State warned that if anything sinister happens to Justice Odili or her husband and former Governor of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili, the federal government should be held accountable.
Governor Wike who made this statement on behalf of Rivers State elders, federal and state lawmakers and council chairmen during a press briefing at the Transcop hotel, Abuja on Sunday, said they have observed a pattern of persistent harassment of the Odili family in recent times by agencies of the federal government.
Wike recalled that on the day the Supreme Court nullified the election victory of the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, hoodlums suspected to be political thugs invaded the residence of Justice Odili, but the federal government didn’t take any steps to bring the culprits to book.
The Governor noted that recently Dr Odili’s international passport was confiscated for inexplicable reasons by the immigration service upon his return from a legitimate travel out of the country for a medical check-up.
According to Wike, the federal government had initially feigned ignorance of the seizure of Odili’s passport. But, after the former governor approached the court to enforce his fundamental human right, the immigration service eventually came up with spurious excuses to justify their ignoble act.
The governor described as most worrisome the invasion of the residence of Justice Odili by federal government security agencies that claimed they had a warrant issued by a Magistrate Court to search the property.
On Malami’s denial of involvement in the incident, the governor said, though the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice had denied involvement in the siege on Justice Odili’s residence, the people of Rivers State consider his mere denial as unsatisfactory.
Wike charged the Federal Government to within 48 hours apprehend all those involved in the raid, including the alleged whistleblower and equally interrogate the Magistrate who issued the search warrant.
The Governor explained that the people of Rivers State fear that the motive of the invasion of Odili’s residence may have been to assassinate the Supreme Court judge, her husband and children.
Wike declared that the lives of Justice Odili and her husband are important to the State and that the federal government must ensure nothing sinister happens to them.