Senate may probe siege on Odilis

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By Morenike Bailey

The Senate has served notice of probing the invasion of the residence of the Supreme Court Justice Mary Odili by security operatives.

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Security operatives had on Friday last week, invaded the house of the Justice based on yet unclear reasons.

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The red chamber has vowed to treat the issue as a matter of urgent national importance at plenary.

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Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele dropped the hint during an oversight visit to the Chief Justice of Nigeria in his office on Monday in Abuja.

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“We cannot pretend not to be aware of the embarrassing situation regarding the invasion of the residence of Justice Mary Odili on Friday night by security agents.

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“Without Joining issue with anyone, we will take the matter seriously, by the time, we resume plenary session, we will discuss it as a matter of urgent of national Importance,” said Bamidele.

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He also disclosed that the 2022 budget estimate for the Judiciary is N120bn, which he said was N10bn higher than that of 2021.

He said, “Even though this increase is not enough to meet the competing needs and challenges of the Judiciary, we must commend the present administration for listening to the voice of reason and clamour from various quarters advocating for increased funding for the Judiciary.”

The Chief Justice of Nigeria said there is no interference from the Legislative or the Executives arm of government on the activities of the judiciary.

Tanko also said the National Assembly had not failed the Judiciary.

He said, “The Legislative arm of government has not failed us, there is nothing that we want that had not been granted by the lawmakers. You are doing the right thing.

“If you see that something is going wrong with the Judiciary, call our attention to it. There is no interference from Legislature and Executive on our activities.”

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