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Pyrates demand probe into invasion of Justice Odili’s residence 1st November 2021 in National

By Adewale Sanyaolu

The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has called for an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the visit of yet unidentified security operatives to the residence of Supreme Court Justice Mary Peter-Odili.

It said such inquisition should begin with the Chief Magistrate, Emmanuel Iyanna, to explain how he was ‘misled’ to ‘issue a search warrant for an operation of manifestly dubious legality.’

Also to be under the searchlight are the alleged roles played by the whistleblower, Aliyu Umar and CSP Lawrence Ajodo.

The NAS Capoon, Mr Abiola Owoaje, in a press statement titled: “Preserving the Sanctity of Judicial Officers- Search Warrants and Law Enforcement”, noted that the nocturnal siege on the residence of Justice Peter-Odili was reminiscent ‘in its brazen high-handedness and violent abruptness’ the 2016 midnight invasions of the home of senior judicial officers across the country; stressing that ‘it is difficult to contest the suggestions that these unlawful incursions were orchestrated to embarrass and intimidate the judiciary.

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‘The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) wishes to state, unambiguously, that this latest invasion of the home of the second-highest judicial officer in Nigeria is an undisguised embarrassing act of intimidation and abuse of power. Until a justifiable explanation is offered for this abject manifestation of autocratic recklessness, the wretchedness of this disposition must be roundly and comprehensively deprecated. It is an abhorrent disregard for the rule of law; a condemnable and totally unacceptable affront on this country’s increasingly fragile democratic structures, and a gross violation of the fundamental human rights of Justice Peter-Odili,’ Owoaje said.

According to NAS, a repeat of the 2016 scenario ‘demonstrates a shameful unwillingness to learn the painful lessons of the past” and is “completely antithetical to all the collective efforts being made to nurture and sustain democratic ethos in our country.’

Owoaje while insisting on a public apology to the judiciary tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure those found culpable are exposed and punished to show his administration is not complicit.

The statement read in part:

‘The Federal Government need not be told to offer a public apology to the judiciary for this embarrassment and to act in a proactive manner in the conduct of this inquiry, especially to erase any suggestions of real or apparent complicity in a plainly brazen attempt to intimidate and emasculate the judiciary. The recklessness and impunity of security agents under the current dispensation has indeed assumed frightening dimensions. Disregard for the rule of law, a predilection for acts that pose a grave danger to the independence of other arms of government and flagrant violations of democratic tenets which have become disturbingly habitual under the current government, should stop forthwith. There is no better way to demonstrate President Buhari’s avowed commitment to the independence of the judiciary than to ensure all those culpable in this disgraceful incident are identified and appropriately sanctioned. No lesser remedy would be sufficient.’

-Sun

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