15 suspected invaders of Justice Mary Odili’s residence arraigned

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15 suspected invaders of Justice Mary Odili’s residence arraigned

The Federal Government of Nigeria, on Wednesday, arraigned 15 suspected invaders of the residence of Supreme Court Judge, Justice Mary Odili, at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The suspects were arraigned before Justice Nkeonye Maha on 18-count amended charge bordering on forgery, criminal trespass, intimidation, extortion, among others, contrary to the sections of the law.

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In the charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/436/2021, they were also alleged to have threatened Justice Odili and members of her household with injury to her person and reputation with intent to execute an illegal search warrant.

Although 22 defendants are on the charge, seven of them are still at large.

Earlier, Counsel to the prosecution, Mathew Omosun from the Nigerian Police Force Headquarters, told the court that he had an amended 18 counts dated 13 December and filed 14 December.

“We have a charge dated 21 November and filed the same day.

“We also have amended charge dated 3 December and filed the same day.

“We equally have an amended charge dated 10 December and filed 13 December.

“Further to these, we have an amended charge dated 13 December and filed 14 December.

“We seek to withdraw those aforementioned charges and amended charges.

“But we have an 18-count charge dated 13 December and filed 14 December” he said.

He prayed to the court for the counts to be read to the 15 defendants so they could take their plea. The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

Omosun urged the court to make an order remanding the defendants in a correctional centre pending the hearing and determination of the matter in view of their non-guilty plea.

But lawyers to the defendants informed that applications for bail had been filed in respect of their clients.

The prosecution did not oppose the motions.

Justice Maha, then, stood down for 30 minutes to deliver her ruling.

Some of the defendants arraigned include Lawrence Adjodo (a.k.a. Ola Ojo), Michael Diete-Spiff, Alex Onyekuru, Bayero Lawal (a.k.a EFCC director), Igwe Ernest, Aliyu Umar Ibrahim, Hajiya Maimuna Maishanu, Dr Ayodele Akindipe (a.k.a. Herbalist), Yusuf Adamu (a.k.a. Godson to Chief Peter Odili), Others are Bashir Musa, ASP Mohammed Yahaya, Stanley Nkwazema, Shehu Jibo, Abdullahi Adamu and Abdullahi Usman.

The seven defendants at large include Ike Ezekwe, L/CPL Mike, Sani Bala, Godwin Lucas, Solomon Bagudu, Austin M. and Michael M.

Meanwhile, Justice Maha stood down proceedings to rule on the bail application of the defendants.

15 suspected invaders of Justice Mary Odili’s residence arraigned

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