Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has alerted Nigerians over the invasion of his Oraifite country home in the Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State by security operatives , whom he said have been shooting sporadically.
Ejiofor, who raised the alarm via his Twitter account on Sunday, said he did nothing wrong to warrant such an invasion on his home.
He further called for prayers adding that it could be the last time he is heard from.
“A joint team of the police and Army are presently in my house shooting sporadically on sight, to arrest me.
“As a lawyer I don’t think that I have committed any offense known to law to warrant this sort of invasion. My life is under serious threat.
“People are being killed and I don’t know what will happen to me next,” he wrote.
Reacting, the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, confirmed that he just spoke with the lawyer and his home has been flooded with security operatives.
“I just spoke with Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor and he told me that his Anambra home has been flooded by security operatives & that they are shooting in an attempt to kill him.
“For God’s sake stop the violence,” he wrote.
The Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, confirmed the invasion.
He said, “It was around 2.30am that they surrounded his country home. Is it an offense for someone to defend IPOB? Barr Ejiofor is doing his job as a lawyer. Where in the world is a legal practitioner 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 have been trailing and harassing him. The whole world must hear this because the Nigerian government must get what they are looking for from IPOB.”
Meanwhile the chairman of the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Emeka Umeagbalasi, who condemned the invasion, said, “We call on the Nigerian Government to stop this madness and crudity.
“By these crudities, the Nigerian Government is setting the country on fire the more.
“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 the gravity of crime(s) alleged to have been committed. The security forces of Nigeria are hereby called upon to withdraw and discontinue their siege and follow due process.
“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 weekend rest.”
When contacted on the telephone, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, said he was yet to get details of the incident.