Anambra State Police Command has declared Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu wanted.
The Command spokesperson, Haruna Mohamed in a statement made available to Daily Trust on Tuesday in Awka, Anambra state capital said police have declared Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor wanted following the murder of two police men in Oraifite on Monday.
According to him, “the Anambra State Police Command whishes to inform the general public that warrant of arrest was obtained by the Police in respect of one Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor ‘m’ of Oraifite over alleged cases of Conspiracy, murder, treasonable felony, Arson and Armed Robbery.”
He also stated that the Command enjoins the public with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect to contact the nearest Police Station/formations or call the Police emergency number 07039194332 for prompt action.
It can be recalled that on Monday, police said there was a formal complaint against One Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, a member of the proscribed IPOB in Oraifite on alleged case of abduction, assault occasioning harm and malicious damage to property.
Mohamed said following the report, Police patrol teams led by the Area Commander, Oraifite, ACP Oliver Abbey mobilised and rushed to the scene in order to arrest the suspect who declined Police invitation.
“However, as soon as police arrived the house, armed men suspected to be IPOB members descended on them, set ablaze one patrol vehicle and used rifles and machetes to attack them.
“As a result of the attack, two Police officers whose identities are being withheld were killed by the suspected IPOB members while others were inflicted with machete cuts.
“The injured personnel were rushed to the Hospital for medical attention and are presently receiving treatment.
Meanwhile, IPOB has accused the police of setting on fire the home of Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu in Oraifite, Anambra State.
In a statement issued by IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group queried why the Police would go further to raze the lawyer’s home even after killing two unarmed and innocent civilians.
According to him, the action explained the carelessness of the police in handling the petrol they used to set ablaze Barr. Ejiofor’s home and nearby businesses, which resulted to the fire that gutted their van.
“The unprovoked Nigeria Police and Army invasion of the home of our lawyer Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor barely four days after the painful burial of his senior brother is proof that those running Nigeria have descended into the abyss of iniquity from which they may never recover.
“Not even during the darkest days of Abacha’s dictatorship did anyone witness such brazen intimidation of a legal counsel or the attempted assassination of a defence counsel in a high profile case.
“It is the golden rule of every legal system under the sun that defence counsels are not harassed, intimidated or killed but it seems nothing is sacrosanct in the present circumstance.
“This level of dictatorial impunity against the rule of law, judicial process and natural justice must not be condoned by any right thinking person” he said. The group described the statement issued by the Police as self-incriminating laden with blatant lies, falsehood and deception.
According to Emma Powerful, for the police to say there was criminal complaint against Barr. Ejiofor bordering on assault and kidnapping four days after the funeral of his brother was laughable.
“The same strategy of invade and kill doctrine they deployed in Isiama-Afaraukwu the home of our leader on 14 September 2017 a month before he was due in court is what played out in Oraifite yesterday.