The Senate announced on Monday that when it returns to the plenary later this month, it will debate the invasion of the residence of a Supreme Court Justice, Justice Mary Odili.
Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Ekiti), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters, revealed this during an oversight visit to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, at his Abuja office.
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On Friday night, security operatives stormed the Justice’s Abuja residence, an act is seen as a slap in the face to the government’s judiciary.
Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, denied any involvement and promised a swift investigation into the siege on Odili’s home.
The invasion, according to Bamidele, is humiliating, and the Red Chamber will treat it as a matter of urgent national importance during the plenary session.
“We cannot pretend not to be aware of the embarrassing situation surrounding the security agents’ invasion of Justice Mary Odili’s residence on Friday night,” he said.
“We take the matter seriously without bringing up any issues with anyone.
“By the time we return to plenary, we will have discussed the matter as a matter of urgent national importance.”
In response, Nigeria’s Chief Justice stated that the judiciary’s activities were not hampered by any other branch of government.
He remained silent on Justice Odili’s home invasion but praised the federal government for increasing the judiciary’s budget by N10 billion.
“The legislative branch of government has not failed us,” he said.
“There isn’t anything we want that the legislators haven’t given us.”
“If you notice something wrong with the judiciary, please bring it to our attention.” Our activities are not hampered by the legislature or the executive.”
The Ag. Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hajo Sarki Bello, informed the lawmakers that the budget had performed well in terms of releases and expenditures, with 75% of the budget being released and 60% spent.