Raid on Justice Odili’s home is condemnable, ill-advised, says Diri

Yenagoa—Bayelsa Governor, Douye Diri, has condemned the raid by security operatives on the Abuja residence of Supreme Court jurist, Justice Mary Odili.

According to a statement by the Chief press secretary to the governor, Daniel Alabrah, Diri described the incident as an ill-advised sting operation, adding that it was an attempt to intimidate the judiciary.

Governor Diri stated that such condemnable acts by security agencies make a mockery of the country’s democracy and the principle of separation of powers. 

The governor called on the Federal Government not to only investigate the incident but to also ensure that those found culpable are brought to book and properly sanctioned. 

He said the world was watching to see how the Federal Government handles the incident, which he maintains was another ugly episode and one too many on the attacks by security operatives on the homes of judicial officers in the country.

According to Diri, “Nigeria is not a Banana Republic that security operatives would just take the laws into their hands.

“The raid on Justice Mary Odili’s residence is highly condemnable and should not be glossed over by any responsible government. 

“I urge the Federal Government to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and take needed actions against those found culpable. 

“For me, the ill-advised raid was an attempt to intimidate the judiciary, judicial officers and custodians of the highest temple of justice.

“It is yet another attack on Justices in our country that deserves condemnation and should not be allowed to happen again.”

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