A rights group, International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) has alleged that security forces on Sunday morning attacked the home of the legal counsel to the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, Barr Ifeanyi Ejiofor in Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The board of trustees chairman of the group, Mr Emeka Umeagbalasi in a statement made available to DAILY POST raised an alarm over the alleged attack, saying that while Ejiofor’s personal assistant was killed, his brother and two other persons in his compound at the time of the attack were abducted by the security operatives.
Umeagbalasi said, “I called Barr Ifeanyi Ejiofor and received updates in the wee hour of this morning’s invasion of his family house at Oraifite by armed soldiers, joined by Police, DSS and Civil Defense operatives.
They had invaded and laid siege on the same at about 2.30 am and left around past 4 am. The invading security operatives jumped the perimeter fence of the compound after cutting its security cable and shot in different directions.
“The respected human rights lawyer was unable to be tracked and abducted or instantly shot dead because he was hiding somewhere in his house.
“However, the invading government security operatives did not spare the life of the lawyer’s Personal Assistant, Samuel Uzo Okoro (Biggy) who was shot and killed inside the compound. The late Samuel Okoro had woken up as a result of noises and gunshots to find out what was going on when soldiers shot and killed him instantly.
“The invading government security operatives also abducted Barr Ejiofor’s elder brother, Joel Ejiofor and the lawyer’s two domestic aides, named Ugochukwu and Chikezie and bundled them away, but Joel was later pushed out of one of the Hilux vans at Ojoto.”
Ejiofor had a running battle with police in 2019, when a senior police officer who visited his home to find out the cause of a community crisis involving him and others, was killed by persons alleged to be his boys.
Meanwhile, Police in Anambra has said that there was no truth in the story that Ejiofor’s house was invaded by security agents.
The spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga who spoke to our correspondent said, “I do not have such reports. Why will we invade the house of somebody? Our job is to protect lives and not to take lives.”