The Nigerian Police is currently mourning two of its officers which it claimed were allegedly killed by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Monday. The deceased cops were identified as Joseph Akubo and Oliver Abbey.
Akubo, an Assistant Superintendent, was attached to the Special Anti-Robbery squad (SARS). On the other hand, Abbey, an Assistant Commissioner, was the area commander in charge of Oraifite.
Further, the police insist that the officers were killed during a raid on the Anambra home of Ifeanyi Ejiofor. Equally important, Ejiofor is counsel representing the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Subsequently, the Police have declared Ejiofor wanted, even as it claimed the suspect was on the run.
However, Ejiofor has emerged from hiding to debunk the Police’s claims. Ejiofor spoke in an 11 minutes long video in an undisclosed location.
He claimed that no Policeman was killed by members of IPOB; even as he held that the bodies displayed by the Police were those of civilians killed in his house. Also, he claimed that his mother was gunned down by the invading policemen who attacked his house. Further, he disclosed that the Police killed about 20 persons.
Specifically, the lawyer explained that he had been in Anambra for a burial ceremony. While there, he said the Police had come to arrest one of his wards who was involved in a local conflict.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo decries attack on Ejiofor, IPOB
Thereafter, Ejiofor claimed to have spoken with the Area Commander whom he had decided to go and see. Furthermore, he stated that he was on his way to see the police when his home was invaded.
A copy of the video was obtained by 1st News and posted below.
Meanwhile, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has criticised the Police for the attack on Ejiofor’s home in Anambra.
Also, President-general of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, John Nwodo, has called for a judicial inquiry into the attack. He disclosed this in a statement issued by his media adviser, Emeka Attamah.
The Police had claimed that Ejiofor refused invitations over a petition alleging he was involved in abduction and assault.
However, Nwodo lampooned the allegations levelled against the IPOB counsel.
“Assuming without conceding that Barrister Ejiofor was culpable on a charge of abduction, the only option in law available to the police is arrest and prosecute him under the laws of Nigeria and not deliberate arson and wanton destruction of his family home,” he said.