The Anambra State Police Command has said members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) on Monday, burnt one of its patrol vehicles and attacked its men with rifles and machetes at Orifite, Ekwusigo is a Local Government Area of the state.
The Police command which made the claim in a statement by its PPRO, SP Haruna Mohammed, said the force had gone to Orifite to respond to a formal complaint against one Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who it said is a member of IPOB, when the attack happened.
The police said the members of the proscribed pro Biafra group killed two its men and injured many others in the attack.
“On the 2/12/2019 at about 11:30 am,there was a formal complaint against One Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor ‘m’ (a member of the proscribed IPOB) in Oraifite on alleged case of abduction, assault occasioning harm and malicious damage to property,” the statement read.
“2. 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.
“3. However, as soon as Police arrived the house, armed men suspected to be IPOB members descended on the Police, set ablaze one Patrol vehicle and attacked them with rifles and machetes.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 personnels were rushed to the Hospital for medical attention and are presently receiving treatment.
“4. Consequently, the Command deployed reinforcements from the State Headquarters comprising of PMF, SARS and Special Anti Cult Units in conjunction with the Army/other Sister agencies who cordoned off the area in order to fish out the culprits,while Joint patrol are still ongoing in the town to prevent further breakdown of law and order.
“5. Meanwhile,some arrests were made and the Commissioner of Police CP John B.Abang,fdc who is on his way to the scene has vowed to bring perpetrators of this dastardly act to justice.”
Meanwhile, former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode on Monday, said in a tweet that Mr. Ejiofor called him to inform him that the police had invaded his home and that not less than four members of IPOB were killed by the force.
“I was in Orafite, Anambra state yesterday with my friend, lawyer and brother Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor who happens to be Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer as well,” the ex-minister wrote.
“This morning as I was about to enter the Federal High Court in Lagos I received a phone call from him and he told me that his Orafite home had been stormed by the police.
“He said a total of 4 people, including the young man that led me to his home from the traditional rulers palace had been killed and that his family were badly brutalised and traumatised.
“Ifeanyi buried his brother just four days ago, his family are still mourning and now this! May God judge those behind it!
“Since the call he made to me this morning no-one, including his wife and children, have seen or heard from him. I pray he is safe and well. I was told that two policemen were also killed during the course of the raid. I call for peace and restraint from all sides.
“The shedding of innocent blood is a great evil and I wholeheartedly condemn it. It is a terrible thing that has drastic, long-term and calamitious consequences for those that indulge in it and those that live and rule by it.
“May the souls of all those that were killed this morning rest in peace and may God restore sanity and respect for human life to our country. Those that rule by tyranny, brutality and the power of the gun shall not prevail.”