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Police arrest Immigration Officer over invasion of Justice Odili’s home

A senior Immigration officer, ASI Abdullahi Usman has been arrested by the police for his role in the invasion of the home of Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court in Abuja.

The Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, who confirmed the arrest said, “It is true. An Assistant Superintendent of Immigration was arrested”.

He also said, “Approval has been given for all suspects to be arraigned”.

Others expected to be arraigned alongside the immigration officer include a journalist, banker, lawyer, a fake policeman and seven others.

WITHIN NGERIA recalls that the suspects including 2 soldiers yet to be arrested invaded Justice Odili’s home on Imo River Crescent in the Maitama area of Abuja on the strength of a search warrant they claimed to have obtained from a Magistrate Court on Friday evening, October 29.

Mba said the suspects conspired to raid the residence of Justice Odili following information that the Supreme Court Justice was keeping a large sum of money in foreign currencies.

Furthermore he described the suspects as a syndicate gang who specialises in operating as law enforcement officers adding that they came from different professional backgrounds.

“The crime syndicate includes Lawyers, Military personnel, accountants, Journalists and others who impersonate other profession,” he said.

Mba also commended the resistance by the security personnel deployed to the Odili residence for not allowing the suspects access to the premises, stating that it would have been a great embarrassment to the nation before the international community if the operation had succeeded.

One of the suspects and team leader who purported to be a CSP Lawrence Ajodo during the invasion later admitted that he was not a policeman but claimed he was a consultant for the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

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