A Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Friday withdrew a search warrant previously granted to the Joint Panel Recovery unit of the Federal Ministry of Justice to comb the home of Supreme Court Justice, Mary Odili.
It was gathered that the panel, which was made up of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Nigeria Police Force and the Ministry of Justice, had obtained a search warrant from the magistrates’ court after a whistleblower, Aliyu Umar claimed to have observed illegal activities going on at No. 9, Imo Street, Maitama, Abuja.
Umar’s affidavit dated October 13, 2021, read in part, “I have observed some illegal activities going on in those houses within Abuja are illegal and hereby report the said matter to the law enforcement agency.
“I hereby state that all information provided by me to the EFCC is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.”
In a second affidavit deposed to by a senior police officer, CSP Lawrence Ajodo, the panel applied to the chief magistrate in Abuja seeking a search warrant to search the house.
The Chief Magistrate, Emmanuel Iyanna, subsequently approved the search warrant on October 29, 2021.
Armed with the search warrant, the police and other members of the panel stormed the house which turned out to be the home of Supreme Court Justice Mary Odili, who is also the wife of former Governor Peter Odili of Rivers State.
She was said to have resisted the attempts by the policemen to search her house, insisting that the house belonged to her and not her husband.
It was gathered that the “EFCC operatives armed with a search warrant stormed Justice Odili’s home claiming to be investigating her husband. Justice Odili insisted that it was her personal house and not her husband’s.
TOS News reported that the EFCC Spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said, in a statement, that the commission had no hand in the matter and advised members of the public to disregard any news to the contrary.
Amid the controversy, however, the chief magistrate issued an order on Friday night accusing the government of misleading the court.
The order read, “Upon misrepresentation to this honourable court that led to the issuance of a search warrant in favour of Joint Panel Recovery, Ministry of Justice, against House 9, Imo Street, Maitama, Abuja, dated October 29, 2021. In view of the above fact, the said search warrant is hereby revoked.”