Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to the missing leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has again asked the Nigerian military to come clean about the whereabouts of his client.
Mr. Ejiofor said this in a statement sent to CHECKPOINTCHARLEY on Friday, calling on the military to release his client.
This latest appeal comes one year after Nigerian troops invaded Kanu’s country home in Afaraukwu, Abia State, on September 14, 2017 under the guise of Operation Python Dance.
IPOB said many of its supporters were killed during that invasion.
In the statement titled “Remembering the “Black Day” at Afaraukwu and attendant Agony,” Ejiofor who said he received a distress call from Kanu in the middle of the military operation at his home, urged various international organisations to activate “possible diplomatic channel” to probe “crimes against humanity.”
Mr. Ejiofor said,, “I remember vividly the last words of my client on this cursed day. It went thus: ‘Ejiofor, my house is under siege, soldiers are forcing themselves in, shooting at everything in sight, you can hear the sound of the sporadic gunshots from the background; please alert the world to the development in my house.
“I can see it clearly from my room that they have gunned down many of my people downstairs, as they advance rapidly to my room; my life is no longer safe; tell the British Government, the United States and the world that the Nigerian government should be held responsible if anything happens to me.’”
He called on foreign governments, international organisations, including the United Nations and the European Union to probe the invasion.
“We use this moment of sober reflection to once again call on responsible international organisations, foreign governments, United Nations, European Union, the British government and the comity of nations, to immediately activate possible diplomatic channel that would ensure prompt probe of this crime against humanity and accurate inventory of murderous military onslaught in the home of Nnamdi Kanu and his whereabouts till date,” Ejiofor said.
Mr. Kanu, who was charged with treasonable felony, along others, was on bail granted him by the Federal High Court in Abuja when soldiers invaded his home.
Ejiofor had tried in vain to get the Nigerian court to compel the military to produce Kanu. In January, Justice Binta Nyako, in a suit filed by the lawyer, held that there was no evidence that Kanu was in the custody of the Nigerian military.
The Nigerian authorities had denied having Kanu in custody or knowing his whereabout.