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IPOB lawyer sues police over house invasion, demands N2bn

Ifeanyi Ejiofor

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Wednesday filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Awka, challenging the invasion of his residence by the police.

At least four persons were allegedly killed by the police during the invasion.

Ejiofor is also the lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader who is standing trial for treasonable felony.

The lawyer’s house in Oraifite, Anambra, was raided and razed by the police on December 2.

The police claimed they were in the house to investigate a reported case of abduction arrest suspects when they were attacked by unknown men suspected to be IPOB members.

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According to the police, two officers -Joseph Akubo and Oliver Abbey – were killed during the violence.

The police also declared Ejiofor wanted.

In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/135/19, Ejiofor, who filed the suit through his lawyer, Maxwell Okpara, is asking the court to compel the police to pay him N2 billion as compensation and damages for the burning of his house and shooting of his aged mother at his Oraifite hometown in Anambra.

Listed as defendants in the suit are the Police Service Commission (PSC), Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police, Area Commander, and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of a police division in Anambra State.

Others are the Nigerian Army, Chief of Army Staff, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Attorney General of the Federation.

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