3 suspected invaders of Justice Odili’s home get N5m bail each

3 suspected invaders of Justice Odili’s home get N5m bail each


Justice Nkeonye Maha of the Federal High court in Abuja on Monday admitted three remaining suspects accused of invading the residence of the Supreme Court judge Mary Odili, to a N5 million bail each.

This followed an application separately filed by their counsel, which was not opposed to by lawyer to the police, Mathew Omosun, according to the News Agency of Nigeria report.

In his ruling, Justice Ms Maha, ordered that Mohammed Yahaya, an assistant superintendent of police, Abdullahi Adamu and Abdullahi Usman, the 11th, 14th and 15th defendants respectively, must produce two “responsible” sureties each.

The judge also directed that one of the sureties must possess a landed property in Abuja with a verified certificate of occupancy.

Justice Maha also held that the second surety must be gainfully employed in Abuja, paid tax in the last three years. She said the documents of the landed property should be submitted to the registry of the court.

Recall that the Judge on December 15, 2021, declined the bail of the defendants because no bail application was filed before the court on their behalf and ordered that they be remanded in Kuje prison until the next hearing fixed for trial commencement.

The 15 defendants had earlier pleaded not guilty to 18 charges, including forgery, criminal trespass, intimidation, extortion, among others, linked to their alleged invasion of Mrs Odili’s home in Abuja on October 29.

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Also, the federal government, through the police, had produced the 15 suspects before Ms Maha for arraignment, while the seven suspects are still at large.

In the charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/436/2021, they were also alleged to have threatened Mrs Odili and members of her household while trying to execute an illegal search warrant.


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