A former governor of Abia State, who is the current Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, has described the invasion of the Abuja residence of Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court as cruel, undemocratic and an uncivilised act.
He condemned “the Gestapo raid on the house of the Judge,” and called on the Federal Government to commence a full-scale investigation into the ugly incident.
Kalu said “the unwarranted invasion of the house of the Judge is capable of causing tension in the country.”
The Principal Officer of the Senate stated this in a statement he personally signed and made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Saturday.
The statement was titled, ‘Kalu condemns invasion of residence of Justice Mary Odili of the Supremes Court.’
The Senator explained that “in a democratic set-up, the rule of law must be strictly adhered to for the sake of national progress and development.”
The former governor urged appropriate government agencies to discharge their duties and responsibilities in tandem with the constitution.
He noted that violation of human rights would set the country backwards.
He also called on the Federal Government to bring the perpetrators of the evil act to book.
Part of the statement read, “The unlawful invasion of a citizen’s residence is against the constitution of Nigeria and tenets of democracy.
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“The invasion of the residence of Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court in a Gestapo manner is totally condemnable and unacceptable in a democratic dispensation.
“The country’s democracy is gradually growing and as such, acts that are not in tandem with the constitution of Nigeria and democratic process must not be tolerated.
“The Federal Government should commence robust investigation into the sad development to save the face of the country in the comity of nations and to bring the perpetrators of the unfortunate incident to book.
“The rule of law must not be undermined in a democratic regime.
“The law must be respected by the government and the governed.”
Kalu called on the Federal Government and the citizenry to embrace the tenets of democracy in all pursuits, adding that no country can progress in an atmosphere of lawlessness.