Security operatives comprising the police, army and personnel of the Department of State Services on Sunday reportedly invaded the home of a lawyer for the Indigenous People of Biafra, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, at Oraifite in the Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.
It was gathered that the operatives surrounded the secessionist group’s lawyer’s family house around 2.30am.
A source who claimed to have reached the lawyer said distressed voices were heard complaining about manhandling by the operatives.
The source said, “We managed to reach Barr Ifeanyi Ejiofor on phone and he confirmed the attack, saying that soldiers, joined by Police and DSS operatives are shooting in different directions and are about breaking into his main compound.
“He also said that he heard his neighbours panicking and crying, indicating that they must have been abducted.
“The activist lawyer also suspected that some members of his family including siblings, security and domestic aides might have been abducted. He said he had returned home for the weekend yesterday( Saturday) evening and only informed the Oraifite Area Commander (ACP Afolabi) and few others that he was around.
The Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, confirmed the incident.
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.”