Justice Odili’s House Raid:Who Dun It, EFCC Or DSS?

Many were pleasantly surprised yesterday when the news filtered in  that Justice Mary Odili’s residence has been raided by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, ostensibly because of the graft allegation hanging on the husband and former governor of Rivers state, Mr. Peter Odili.

Though, the EFCC has promptly denied it that none of its operatives were anywhere near the residence of Justice Odili, but it raises a lot of questions if Nigeria is back to gestapo style that featured prominently under the late dark google General, Sani Abacha.

First, the magistrate who allegedly issued the search warrant was said to have withdrawn it in the heat of controversy generated by it. He’s alleged to have said that he was deceived by the office of attorney general and minister of justice who filed the order.

Second, the raid carried out on the residences of some judges in 2016 by the DSS has continued to dominate the national discourse about the appropriateness of such indiscretion on the psyche of their lordships. 

The Department of State Services, DSS, has also Issue a statement to warn about sensational reportage of the security issues. Is it coincidental that on a day the house of a justice of Supreme Court was said to have been invaded, the secret police coming up with such release?

Peter Afunnaya, DSS Spokesman said; “It is observed that some media handlers give unnecessary attention and coverage to the activities of bandits, terrorists and secessionists. This is condemnable given that these elements thrive on undeserved publicity which they enjoy from media patronage.”

Also, the chairman of the EFCC, Abdurasheed Bawa reacting to the alleged invasion on a news monitored on Channelstv yesterday denied vehemently. 

But who dunnit? Who authorized the search? 

Below is the full statement of the DSS and EFCC rebuttals On Alleged Invasion of Justice Mary Odili’s residence 

EFCC Did Not Carry Out Any Operation in Justice Odili’s Home

The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to claims in a section of the media that operatives of the Commission today, October 29, 2021 stormed the Maitama, Abuja home of a Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Mary Odili, purportedly to execute a search.

The Commission by this statement wishes to inform the public that the report is false as it did not carry out any operation at the home of Justice Odili.

 If there was any such operation as claimed by the media, it was not carried out by the EFCC.

 The Commission enjoins the public to discountenance the report.

Wilson Uwujaren

Head, Media & Publicity

29 October, 2021

PRESS RELEASE 

DSS ADVISES AGAINST MEDIA SENSATIONALISM

The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to draw public attention to the manner sections of the media have continued to sensationalise news relating to some of the security challenges in parts of the country. It is observed that some media handlers give unnecessary attention and coverage to the activities of bandits, terrorists and secessionists. This is condemnable given that these elements thrive on undeserved publicity which they enjoy from media patronage.

2. Amidst heightened insecurity in the South East and the upcoming Anambra State Governorship election, the media is advised to apply restraint and avoid sensationalising news.  The DSS believes that this dimension of reportage holds negative consequences for public order and peaceful coexistence.  The Service will, however, continue to collaborate with appropriate stakeholders to ensure not only a hitch free electoral exercise but that a conducive environment necessary for citizens to pursue their legitimate businesses in and outside the State is provided.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D

Public Relations Officer,

Department of State Services,

National Headquarters,

Abuja

29th October, 2021

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