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The trial of suspects involved in the illegal invasion of Supreme Court Justice Justice Mary Odili’s residence in Abuja is ongoing.

The Federal High Court heard from the witness on Monday. The witness, ASP Madaki Chidawa, explained how he aborted the unlawful search. He gave evidence in the trial of 15 persons-including a housewife accused of perpetrating the unlawful act at No 7, Imo Rivers Street, Maitama, on October 19, 2021.

At the trial kick-started by the Inspector General of Police IGP, ASP Chidawa told Justice Nkeonye Evelyn Maha that the 15 defendants led by a Chief Superintendent of Police CSP Lawrence Ajodo stormed the house in a fearful manner around 6 pm on that faithful day.

On arrival, the witness said that the defendants vehemently demanded to execute a search warrant on the house as a team of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC Assets Recovery Panel attached to the Federal Ministry of Justice.

He told the court that he demanded the search warrant, and upon going through, he discovered the search warrant signed by a Chief Magistrate was addressed to No 9, Imo Crescent, Abuja.

According to him, he used the wrong address on the search warrant to resist the execution of the warrant since the house of Justice Mary Peter Odili is No 7, Imo Rivers Street.

He added that he ran to Justice Mary Odili, who promptly made some phone calls that eventually nailed and aborted the unlawful mission of the defendants.

He said that upon realising that the mission had been aborted, CSP Lawrence Ajodo, who allegedly paraded a suspicious identity card of the Federal Ministry of Justice, threatened to deal with him when they came back with reinforcement but that the defendants never returned.

Meanwhile, Justice Nkeonye Maha adjourned the trial to March 1, 2022.

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