IPOB alleges invasion of lawyer’s Anambra home
By Praise Necherem
Residence of a lawyer to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Ifeanyi Ejiofor, at Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State was on Sunday reportedly invaded by Security operatives.
It was gathered that the operatives comprising the Police, army and personnel of Department of State Services (DSS) surrounded the secessionist group’s lawyer’s family house around 2.30am.
A source who refused to disclose his identity for security reasons but claimed to have reached the legal practitioner on the phone alleged that there was sporadic shootings and distressed voices complaining about manhandling by the operatives.
“We managed to reach Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor on the phone and he confirmed the attack, saying that soldiers, joined by Police and DSS operatives are shooting in different directions and are about breaking into his main compound,” the source said.
“The activist Lawyer also suspected that some members of his family including siblings, security and domestic aides might have been abducted and that he had returned home for weekend yesterday( Saturday) evening and only informed the Oraifite Area Commander (ACP Afolabi) and few others that he was around.”
Confirming the incident, the IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said, “It’s around 2.30am that they surrounded his country home. Is it an offence for someone to defend IPOB?
“Barr Ejiofor is doing his job as a lawyer; where in the world a legal paractioner would be harassed because he represents an organization?
“The Nigerian Army invaded and burnt his house on 2nd December 2019 and killed more than 10 people. Since then, they are still trailing and harassing him. The whole world must hear this because Nigeria government must get what they are looking for from IPOB”.
On his part, the Chairman of International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Emeka Umeagbalasi, described the alleged invasion as crudity.
“By these crudities, the Nigerian Government is setting the country on fire the more,” Umeagbalasi said, adding that “Under Nigeria’s extant laws, applicable globally, Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor and other licensed legal practitioners have the right and duty to represent and defend any citizen or citizens or national or nationals irrespective of gravity of crime(s) alleged to have been committed.”
According to Umeagbalasi, “If Barr Ifeanyi Ejiofor is legitimately wanted for any crime, due processes must be followed to the letter. This is more so when he called and informed the chief police officer in the area (ACP Afolabi) of his being around for a weekend rest,” he advised.
Reacting to the development, the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said he was yet to receive details of the incident.
“Like you must have noticed, I have been on call since morning. I have been calling to confirm the incident. I have no details on the matter,” Ikenga said.