* they are impostors- POLICE

* he’s adrowning man- AGF MALAMI

* he’s not our staff- THISDAY

14 suspets have been paraded by the Police Headquarters in Abuja over the invasion of the Abuja residence of a Supreme Court Justice, Mary Odili.

Parading the suspects at the Force Headquarters Annex, Abuja, the Force Spokesman, Frank Mba, who described them as impostors and unknown to any of the security forces.

According to him, the 14 suspects and Seven other now at large conspired to raid the residence following information that the Supreme Court Justice was keeping a large sum of money in foreign currencies.

According to the Force PPRO, investigation disclosed that the act was perpetrated by a syndicate made up of characters from various fields of endeavours including Journalism, Law profession, a Clerk with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and the Military amongst others.

However, the Police 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 been greatest embarrassment to the nation before the International community if the operation had succeeded.

The prime suspect, Lawrence Ajodo, who the FPPRO described as a fake Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), insisted that he was working for the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami, but denied not being sent to forge the signatures and the documents that were recoverd from him. 

“I work for Mallam Abubakar Malami as a consultant of recoveries. I was given 18 accounts to recover though Malami did not send me on this mission. But I am a banking expert with a speciality in finance and forensic.” the prime suspect said.

Mba disclosed that the prime suspect, Lawrence Ajodo, who claimed to be a Chief Supretiedent of Police, that led the illegal operation and purported to be operating under Asset Recovery Panel from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, was not an officer of the Nigeria Police Force but an impostor.

The Identity card he was parading was a forged one.”

The identity card he claimed to have been issued by the AGF, Mallam Abubakarkar Mallami, was also forged.”

Mba further disclosed that after succeeding in securing a search warrant from the court upon swearing an affidavit by one Ali Ibrahim, a member of the group who claimed that a huge sum of money in foreign currencies was being kept in the building, the syndicate thereafter contacted some operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), two soldiers from the

The Journalist paraded alongside the suspects, Stanley Nkwazema, who denied being a part of the syndicate, claimed that he was following a story lead on that fateful day as a result of an information on the given to him by one of the arrested lawyers that there was going to be a raid by an Asset Recovery Panel under the office of the AGF.

According to Mba, the syndicate however met a brick wall when the security operatives attached to the residence of Justice Odili put up resistance and demanded their true identities before they raised the alarm.

The FPPRO, said efforts were on to track down the fleeing members of the syndicate who included two military personnel.

He said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.

Reacting via a statement issued by Bolaji Adebiyi, Managing Editor ThisDay Newspaper (Print and Digital), said the Suspect, Nkwazema, was a Sports Correspondent of the establishment, emphasizing that he resigned 15 years ago. 

“However, occasionally, he, like hundreds of other readers of the newspaper, sends for publication articles and analyses and is usually obliged, a privilege THISDAY gives to some of its ex-staff.  That does not in any way make him a staff and contributing Editor of THISDAY.” 

“Since his resignation, THISDAY had at no time contracted Mr Nkwazema to investigate any story, and we know nothing of his alleged investigation of a story leading to the raid of the residence of Hon. Justice Odili.”

“The police authorities and the general public should, therefore, note that Mr Nkwazema, whatever may be his involvement in this matter, was not acting on behalf of THISDAY in any shape or form.”

In a swift reaction, the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), described the confessional statement credited to one of the suspects arrested for illegally invading the home of a Supreme Court Justice, Mary Odili, as laughable.

The AGF through his special assistant on media and public relations, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, said his principal could not have descended so low to engage a quack for any job or assignment.

He said the AGF never hired any consultant to invade Justice Odili’s residence.

Dr. Gwandu, in a statement released on Thursday night said ”With all the competent, high level professionals and capable human resources available at the disposal of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, it only takes the imagination of the evil minds to assume or think that the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice will descend so low to engaging a quack or fake police officer to serve as his consultant.

”This is a case of a drowning man scavenging for a dying partner.”

We are happy to note that investigation has commenced to unravel the circumstances and personalities behind the invasion and sponsored campaign of calumny against the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.”

”It is our desire and we hope that the investigation would also disclose those after the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice,”

“Those dragging his personality, his name and his exalted office in the dirty politics of disrepute.”

This is an orchestrated attempt to stir unnecessary controversies and Public apprehension.”

”We asked the suspect to present documents of engagements where he worked as a consultant to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, whether in past or now.”

”Consultant for what? Which activity or assignment? When was he engaged? What were the terms of references for the alleged consultancy service? When was he engaged? Where was he engaged? Which worked has he executed for the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and the Ministry of Justice? For what duration? And for how much?”

”We boldly and unequivocally challenge the fake consultant/police officer to come out with answers or responses to these questions to the general public.” The statement added.

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