A fresh, explosive report by online news medium SaharaReporters has given insight on the offensive raid on the home of Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court.
According to a presidency source, bare three years after assuming office as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Ibrahim Muhammad may be removed.
It is understood that the plot by some Presidency cabal members who are dissatisfied with Muhammad is connected to the current travails of Justice Odili, wife of a former Governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili.
Justice Odili, a Supreme Court judge, is being haunted to ensure she does not replace Muhammad when he is removed, as the one who is next in line to the Chief Justice.
Muhammad was appointed as acting CJN on January 25, 2019, following the suspension and controversial of Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Now sources say the grouse of members of the Aso Rock cabal who are also angling for the removal of Onnoghen’s replacement, Muhammad, is that he has been too slow to do their bidding.
“They are planning on removing the current CJN. He is expected to retire in 2023 but they are not happy with him. They said he’s too slow to do their biddings,” a source told SaharaReporters.
Security operatives had on Friday night invaded the house of the Supreme Court Justice based on information that “illegal activities” were going on there.
Odili is next in line to Nigeria’s Chief Justice and stands to benefit from his removal should that happen before her retirement on May 12, 2022.
Sources said the raid was to let her know she would not be allowed to succeed Muhammad as the head of the nation’s judiciary.
Another source said, “Regarding the raid on Odili’s House, it was planned because they don’t want her to become the next CJN. Though she’s retiring in about six months, that is like six years to the cabal. They are planning to remove Tanko Muhammad before then and don’t want the woman to even act as CJN for one day.
“The most senior Justice after Odili is Olukayode Ariwoola but they claim he’s got a terminal illness. He is expected to retire soon on health grounds. The fourth most senior of the Justices who could take over as CJN is Musa Dattijo Muhammad, another Northerner from Niger State. He is also expected to retire in 2023.
“They accused Odili of being a PDP (opposition party – Peoples Democratic Party) judge and that her husband helps to fix lots of judgements at their home in Abuja. That was why the husband was also embarrassed recently.
“Forget also about Malami’s denials, he was directly in charge of the raid. He chose the day President Muhammadu Buhari arrived from Saudi Arabia to do it because he needed to impress Buhari that he is still loyal as efforts are being intensified to remove him as Minister.
“They want to force Tanko out soon and don’t want the woman to replace him. They considered her too close to the PDP, so they have to embarrass her to ensure she doesn’t get to replace him at all.”