The suspects, who were paraded at Force headquarters Abuja, were described as impostors who do not work for any of the nation’s security forces. They were alleged to be from different professional backgrounds such as journalism, Banking, law enforcement and law.
CP Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, who paraded the suspects at Force Criminal Investigations Department, said one of them is a fake Chief Superintendent of Police, (CSP Lawrence Ajojo) while seven (7) others who are still at large conspired to raid the residence following information that the Supreme Court Justice was keeping a large sum of money in foreign currencies.
“The seven suspects still at large include two soldiers”, Nba said.
Mba said the criminals/syndicates including Stanley Nkwazeme, a journalist, are loose cannons and document forgers who were on their own and not hired by any personnel of the ministry of justice.
He said the Police High Command has commended the resistance put up by the security personnel attached to Odili’s residence for not allowing the suspects access to the building on the day of the incident, saying that it could be the greatest embarrassment to the nation before the International community if the operation had succeeded.
Speaking to reporters, one of the suspects, Ajojo said he was not a Police Officer but claimed that he was a consultant to the Attorney General of the Federation.
“I am not an officer of the Nigeria Police Force but I am a consultant for the AGF; he did not send us on the raid on Mrs Odili’s house”, he said.
Scores of security operatives had invaded the residence of Supreme Court Justice, Mary Odili’s Maitama residence on the grounds of an alleged tip-off by a whistleblower, one Aliyu Umar, who claimed to have observed suspicious activities at the Supreme Court Justice’s residence
Consequently, an order by Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Iyanna was said to have approved the search warrant by a body identified as the Joint Panel Recovery unit in the Ministry of Justice, on October 29, 2021.
The magistrate later revoked the order, saying he was misled while the Police and other security agencies also said they were not aware of the raid.