President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, John Nnia Nwodo, has called for a judicial inquiry into the “unprovoked attack” and burning down of the residence of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) lawyer, Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
The IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, had on Monday announced the invasion of his lawyer’s home by security agents.
He said two IPOB members were killed in the process.
Reacting, Nwodo condemned the attack on “a law-abiding citizen of the country whose only crime is that he peacefully objects to the maltreatment of his people.”
In a statement issued on Tuesday by his media aide, Emeka Attamah, Nwodo said the claim by the police that Barr. Ejiofor was “involved in a case of abduction, assault -occasioning harm and malicious damage to property” holds no water as nobody was mentioned as the victim of the allegations.
He said, assuming without conceding that Barr. Ejiofor was culpable on the charge of abduction, the only option in law available to the police is arrest and prosecution under the laws of Nigeria and not deliberate arson and wanton destruction of his family home.
He said: “Even before its wrongful proscription, IPOB had never been a violent group and could not have summoned enough force to attack and kill any policemen to warrant drafting in of reinforcement.
Nwodo frowned at the situation where any mild expression of dissent against the manifest injustice being perpetrated against a particular ethnic group in the country would be met with maximum use of force by the Federal Government.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo called for a halt to the apparent and incessant physical, economic and political harassment of Ndigbo in a country “watered with their blood and who had striven to keep and grow the country with their presence in all nooks and crannies of Nigeria.”
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