As more Nigerians condemn the vexatious last Friday raid on the Abuja residence of Justice Mary Odili as a first step among other plans to allegedly intimidate and deny her the opportunity of rising to the pinnacle of her career at the supreme court, commentators in River State, where Justice Mary Odili’s husband, Dr. Peter Odili served as governor for eight years have warned the faceless and narrow minded persons behind the characteristically treacherous plot to leave Justice Odili alone.
Those who spoke with Notable Outcome in Port Harcourt warned that the southern part of Nigeria in general, and south south in particular will not allow a repeat of what happened to Walter Onnonegen, even as they insisted that all those fanning the embers of discrimination do not mean well for Nigeria. They emphatically called on the trouble makers to leave Justice Odili alone to continue to make her contributions to national development.
The respondents maintained that, it was not the first time that they have heard of police investigations, adding that past experiences do not give them hope to believe that words, as has been said, would be matched with action.
Recall that, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, in response to the invasion last Friday of the residence of Justice Mary Odili of Nigeria’s apex court, has ordered the Force Intelligence Bureau to investigate the incident, assuring that all those who were involved in the treacherous display of crudity would be punished.
Meanwhile, the magistrate who signed the search warrant that the raiders used as a license to threaten the peace of the Odili family have revoked the order, claiming that she was misled.
Earlier, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the police leadership, have denied involvement, even as the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, later also absolved his office of complicity, a development which public affairs commentators who spoke with Notable Outcome said was worrisome and suggestive that the security of Nigeria was not in safe hands.