Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation, has denied engaging one of the suspects arrested for invading the home of Justice Mary Odili, a justice of the Supreme Court, as a consultant.
Malami made the rebuttal in a statement issued by Umar Gwandu, his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, on Thursday.
Earlier on Thursday, the police paraded 14 suspects arrested in connection with the raid of Justice Odili’s home on 30 October.
Security operatives — made up of soldiers and police officers — had on that fateful day stormed the Abuja residence of the supreme court justice over an allegation that illegal activities were going on there.
One of the suspects, Lawrence Ajodo, who identified as a chief superintendent of police, in his confession before journalists on Thursday said he is not a police officer, but an impersonator.
He, however, claimed to be attached to the AGF’s office, saying he was engaged as a consultant for Malami.
But reacting, Malami described the claim of Ajodo as “a case of a drowning man scavenging for a dying partner”, adding that it is “an orchestrated attempt to stir unnecessary controversies”.
The AGF challenged the suspect to produce documentary evidence that his office contracted him as a consultant.
The statement read: “The attention of the Office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has been drawn to a confession of a suspect during interrogation in the investigation of the recent invasion of the residence of the highly respected Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Mary Peter Odili.
“With all the competent, high-level professionals and capable human resources available at the disposal of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, it only takes the imagination of the evil minds to assume or think that the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice will descend so low to engaging a quack or fake police officer to serve as his consultant.
“This is a case of a drowning man scavenging for a dying partner. We are happy to note that investigation has commenced to unravel the circumstances and personalities behind the invasion and sponsored campaign of calumny against the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
“It is our desire and we hope that the investigation would also disclose those after the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, those dragging his personality, his name and his exalted office in the dirty politics of disrepute.
“This is an orchestrated attempt to stir unnecessary controversies and public apprehension.
“We asked the suspect to present documents of engagements where he worked as a consultant to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, whether in past or now.
“Consultant for what? Which activity or assignment? When was he engaged? What were the terms of references for the alleged consultancy service? When was he engaged? Where was he engaged? Which worked has he executed for the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and the Ministry of Justice? For what duration? And for how much?
“We boldly and unequivocally challenge the fake consultant/police officer to come out with answers or responses to these questions to the general public.
“The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice superintends over and respects the rule of law and will not do anything to undermine the sanctity of his office and that of the entire judiciary and Justice sector.”