A fake Chief Superintendent of Police, Lawrence Ajojo, who admitted he led the operation on the October 29 raid on Justice Mary Odili’s Maitama, Abuja residence, on Thursday said he was engaged as a consultant by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
But he said Malami dis not send them on the raid on Justice Odili’s residence.
Ajojo spoke on Thursday while being paraded along with 13 others at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Garki, Abuja, by Force Spokesperson, Frank Mba.
Mba said the suspects involved in the criminal acts came from different professional backgrounds.
The Police found out that the team who stormed the apartment were not security operatives.
The men were said to have been led by a fake Chief Superintendent of Police, Lawrence Ajojo, who admitted that he was engaged as a consultant by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN.
Parading the suspects at the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Garki, Abuja, the Force spokesman, Frank Mba said the suspects involved in the criminal acts came from different professional backgrounds.
Ajojo told journalists: “I am not an officer of the Nigeria Police but a consultant for the AGF. He did not send us the raid on Mrs Odili’s house.”
A complement of security operatives had stormed Odili’s Maitama residence on the strength of a purported tip by a whistleblower, Aliyu Umar, who claimed to have observed suspicious activities at the Supreme Court Justice’s residence.
Following an order by Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Iyanna, who approved the search warrant by a body identified as the Joint Panel Recovery unit in the Ministry of Justice, on October 29, 2021, the security operatives besieged Odili’s home but they were reportedly resisted.
The magistrate later revoked the order, saying he was misled.
The incident sparked an outrage with the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, absolving his office of involvement in the operation.
The police leadership also said it was not aware of the raid.