Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, has accused the Anambra State Police Command of ordering its operatives to arrest him dead or alive.
Naija News reports that police had invaded the residence of Ejiofor’s in Oraifite, Anambra State last week Monday and allegedly killed two people while several others were injured.
Confirming the invasion, the Anambra State Police Commissioner, John Abang had declared Ejiofor wanted over alleged killing of two officers by members of the IPOB.
He said the two police officers were killed when a team of security men went to arrest Ejiofor over a complaint of abduction levelled against him.
In a petition to the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ifeanyi Ejiofor accused the police of going after his life.
He said his only offence is representing Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB in court.
According to Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the government of the United Kingdom should intervene and prevail on the Federal Government to set aside the “wanted” declaration made against him.
Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer stated that he is ready to give himself to the police only if their intention was to investigate the allegations.
Ejiofor’s petition reads: “Why is the Anambra State Police Command shielding itself or keeping mute over the mayhem its personnel, the military and other security agencies perpetrated in my ancestral home, including the burning of houses and other properties valued at over N700m as well as killing and maiming of defenceless and unarmed citizens?
”Is the instant contrive against me not inimical to the provision of Rule 24 of the Rules of Conduct for Legal Practitioners, 2007, that placed a duty on Lawyers to represent their client(s) to the best of their ability within the confines of the law?
“The only plausible offence I committed in the real sense of it is because I am the lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB who have won virtually all frivolous charge filed against the members of IPOB in various courts’ of competent jurisdiction across the south-south and south-East states, including Abuja.
“I make bold to state most respectfully Sir, that my thorough investigation and findings revealed that an order to arrest me dead or alive has been given.”
“Furthermore Sir, the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, had quickly declared me wanted to enable them to cover their evil tracks on the heinous crime committed in my house.
“I have been reliably informed that the Commissioner of Police Anambra State, had issued an order to his subordinates to shoot me at sight, and as it stands today, my life is increasingly exposed to a possible conspiracy of extinction in the hands of deadly police officers.
“It is pertinent to stress that being a law-abiding citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a Legal Practitioner who firmly believes in the Rule of Law, I have no problem whatsoever making myself available to the Nigerian Police if indeed their intention is/was to investigate an alleged complaint, arrest and/or prosecute me if found culpable
“I call on the United Kingdom, to intervene in the circumstance and prevail on the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Nigerian Police to immediately set aside the declaration made against me on the 3rd December, 2019, declaring me “a wanted person”, and to fully give effect to my fundamental human rights.”