On Sunday, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) warned the Federal Government and the Nigerian Armed Forces to stop harassing innocent people in the South East, including IPOB lawyers, or else a crisis would erupt.
The warning comes in the aftermath of an alleged early Sunday raid on the home of its lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofors, in Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Anambra State, by a combined team of police and Nigerian Army soldiers.
According to a statement released by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, a combined team of police and soldiers from the Nigerian Army invaded and surrounded Mr Ejiofor’s country home at approximately 2.15 a.m. on Sunday, shooting sporadically as they did on December 2, 2019, alleging that many lives may have been lost in the latest wee hours invasion of Ejiofor’s Oraifite home.
According to IPOB’s statement, Mr. Ejiofor alerted the IPOB leadership at approximately 2.15 a.m. that his life was in danger, as a team of police and Army officers were presently in his house shooting sporadically on sight in an attempt to arrest him.
The IPOB characterised Ejiofor’s statement as “Alert- A joint police-Army team is currently in my house, shooting sporadically on sight in an attempt to arrest me. As a lawyer, I have committed no felony. My life is in danger; people are being murdered, and I have no idea what will happen to me next.”
IPOB’s statement, however, read in part, “At 2.30 a.m., a combined team of Police and Army is currently encircling Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor’s country home. Is it a crime for someone to act as IPOB’s lawyer? Barrister Ejiofor is carrying out his legal responsibilities in a world where a legal practitioner would be harassed for representing an organisation as their lawyer.
“On 2nd December 2019, the Nigerian Army invaded and set fire to his house, killing more than ten people. They have been tailing and harassing him ever since. The entire world must hear this, as the Nigerian government must obtain what it seeks from IPOB.
“Barrister Ejiofor’s home has been invaded by Fulani Jihadist soldiers who intend to kill him. The world must hear about the atrocities committed by this country and its security services. Nobody should hold IPOB accountable for the detention of our lawyer, Ejiofor, by the Nigerian armed forces. For the wise, a world is sufficient. The South-East has yet to recover from the fallout from the assassination of Ikonso by Nigerian security agents.
“We urge South-East Governors to immediately call the Nigerian armed forces operating in their States to order, as they will bear the brunt of the ongoing killings, intimidation, and harassment of South-East youths and professionals carrying out their legitimate responsibilities.”