The former Abia State governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu on Saturday described the invasion of the home of Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court of Nigeria as capable of causing tension in the country.

The former governor, now Senator representing Abia North federal constituency in the National Assembly said that the ‘commando-style raid’ was a “cruel, undemocratic and uncivilized act.”

In a statement, Kalu who is the Chief Whip of the Senate observed that “in a democratic set-up, the rule of law must be strictly adhered to for the sake of national progress and development.”

According to him, the invasion “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.”

He also urged relevant government agencies to discharge their duties and responsibilities according to constitutional provisions, as he asserted that violating human rights will set the country backward.

Senator Kalu equally called for a robust investigation into the “unwarranted invasion” to bring the perpetrators 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.”

While underscoring that “unlawful invasion of a citizen’s residence is against the constitution of Nigeria and tenets of democracy,” the Chief Whip reminded the federal government and Nigerians that no country can progress in an atmosphere of lawlessness.

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