Three Suspected IPOB Members Arrested As Explosion Hits Wike Father’s Church

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

The police in Rivers State have arrested three suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) at Mile 2, Diobu area of Port Harcourt.

This was disclosed on Sunday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni.

He said the suspects were arrested for allegedly detonating dynamite in a church owned by the father of the state governor, Nyesom Wike in the state capital.

Omoni explained that the suspects were in the hospital after sustaining some injuries, adding that they were helping the police in the investigation.

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Wike who signed an executive order proscribing IPOB in the state is yet to react to the explosion.

But the police spokesman, the Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, has begun an investigation into the incident, noting that engineers would come to ascertain the integrity level of the building.

The suspects numbering about five attacked the church around 12 midnight on Saturday.

They were however blocked after men of a local security outfit in the area noticed strange movements and swooped in.

The Assistant Chief Security Officer of the Azikiwe Street Security, Collins Johnbull, while narrating the incident, said one of his men was hit in the process of chasing the suspects and were currently receiving treatment in the hospital.

Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial Stalled Due To Late Service Of Hearing Notice

Court Revokes Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail, Orders His Re-Arrest

 

The trial in absentia of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mister Nnamdi Kanu at the  Federal High Court has been stalled due to the late service of hearing notice.

Lawyer to the Federal Government, Nnaemeka Ejiofor informed the court that the defense counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor who was supposed to appear for the IPOB leader only received the hearing notice of the trial on November 24, thereby making it impossible for him to meet up with the trial.

The trial of four others who are also standing trial alongside Nnamdi Kanu was also stalled following the late service of hearing notices on the defendants who were absent in court.

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A hearing notice from the court scheduled the case for November 26 during which five prosecution witnesses were listed to testify against Mister Kanu.

Justice Binta Nyako adjourned the two cases to January 27, 2021, for hearing, and warned that the court would not entertain flimsy excuses on the next adjourned date.

Kanu is standing trial for charges bordering on alleged treasonable felony filed against him in response to years of the campaign for the Independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.

Court To Begin Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial In Absentia

Court Dismisses Six Charges Against Nnamdi Kanu, Others

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has slated Thursday, November 26 for the commencement of the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, with five prosecution witnesses lined up to testify against him.

Copies of the hearing notice were served on the prosecution team in the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.

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Justice Binta Nyako had since March 28, 2019, revoked the bail granted the IPOB leader, ordered his arrest, and directed that his trial on charges of a treasonable felony would proceed in his absence; but the court had not had any sitting on the case since then.

The judge, acting on an application by the lead prosecuting counsel, Magaji Labaran, anchored her orders for Kanu’s arrest and trial in absentia on the defendant’s failure to appear in court since April 25, 2017, without any reasonable explanation.

I Did Not Order The Military To Kill Igbos in Oyigbo – Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has debunked reports claiming he ordered the Military to kill Igbos in the Oyigbo area of the oil-rich state. 

While insisting that members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) had destroyed properties in the area and killed people, Wike in a state broadcast on Monday, restated that the imposition of a curfew in Oyigbo was to restore order to the area.

—It Is Not True —

“So, it’s not true that I order the military to kill Igbos in Oyigbo. When did I become a friend to the Military?” the former Minister of Education wondered. “So what about the Igbos living elsewhere in the state are they also being killed?”

The narrative that Igbos were being killed by the Military, Wike argued, is to move attention from the nefarious activities of the pro-Biafra group in Oyigbo.

He maintained that this is not the first time the pro-Biafra group is using the area as a launching pad.

“IPOB added a new dimension this time. They killed 6 Army Officers and burnt one. They killed four Police Officers,” he explained. “They destroyed all the Police Stations and Court Buildings. What offense did we commit as a state?”

—No Relationship —

The governor added that he has “no relationship with the Army or the Police, I do not command them. They change Commissioner of Police every time. How will I begin to direct the Army that I do not give instruction?”

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Wike who expressed anger at IPOB’s hoisting of its flag in a school in Komkom Town vowed not to allow “criminals” to destroy Rivers State.

“I will not fold my arms and watch criminals destroy my state if those few criminals are Igbos then they should know that I will not allow them,” he warned. “They made attempt to rename a local government in my state. That alone is a signal. I will not agree to that. I know who is doing all these; who has told them to rise, protest against Wike.”

Wike Signs Executive Order Proscribing IPOB, Lifts Curfew

File Photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has signed an Executive Order proscribing the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the state.

The governor who disclosed this on Wednesday during a state-wide broadcast in Port Harcourt made it clear that the state is home to all tribes.

“We have everything against the presence and activities of the legally proscribed and anarchic Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and whatever that group stands for in Rivers State,” he said.

“This is clearly a terrorist group whose existence, creed, mission, and activities are strongly denounced even by the Government and peoples of the South-Eastern States of the country.

“I have therefore signed the executive order to reinforce the total ban on IPOB and its activities in Rivers State or any part thereof and nothing will stop us from enforcing this ban in its entirety.”

The announcement comes hours after the government also lifted a ban on movement which had been imposed in some parts of the state.

Some of the areas include Mile 1, Mile 2, Ilabuchi, Ikokwu areas among others.

Wike however said the curfew in Oyigbo Local Government Area stile remains while the Ikokwu market remains shut.

The governor also revealed he has approved the ban of tricycles better known as Keke Kapep on all major roads in the state.

Wike Urges Council Chairmen, Youths To Fish Out IPOB Members

 

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has charged the 23 council chairmen, and youths in the state to fish members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples Organisation of Biafra (IPOB) in the State.

Governor has also warned that any council chairman that allows IPOB to hold processions and hoist its flag within their jurisdiction in Rivers State, risk sack.

He made this assertion during a meeting with all the 23 Local Government chairmen, Community Development Committees, and youths leaders at the Government House, in Port Harcourt on Monday.

The governor described Rivers state as the most accommodating state for all Nigerians. To buttress this, he stated that there has never been any historical incident of different ethnic groups clashing in the State as has been witnessed in other parts of the country.

“We can never be against any ethnic group. We can never do that .we have lived in harmony with the Ibos, the Hausas, and with Edo people. Everybody that comes to this state we have lived in harmony with. And so Nigerians must commend Rivers State as a place where you have never had a problem between this group and that group,” he said.

Governor Wike, however, maintained that while the people of Rivers State believe in the unity of the country, they will not allow criminals under the aegis of a terrorist group called IPOB to continue to threaten the stability of the state.

“There is one terrorist group they call IPOB. I did not declare them a terrorist group, the court declared them a terrorist group. Not me.

“The federal government declared them a terrorist group. IPOB cannot use Rivers state to be a place where they will be launching attacks.

“If you allow that, your future, your children’s future is gone,” he said.

Infuriated by IPOB’s effrontery to hoist its flag in Oyigbo, the governor directed the council chairman to ensure there will not be another occurrence of this treasonous act.

“Go to Oyigbo and see what they have done. Destroyed the court. What did the court do? See the soldiers they killed and burnt them. See the policemen they killed and burnt them and then you said people will sit and fold their arms,” he added.

The governor, while calling for vigilance on the part of Rivers people, however, warned sternly that IPOB members should not delude themselves because Rivers state cannot be colonised or annexed by any group, particularly, while he is still the incumbent governor of the State.

He asserted that Rivers state can never be annexed to any state, to any zone. According to him, Rivers state is Niger Delta and will remain in Niger Delta.

He explained that while every Nigerian is allowed to reside in Rivers State, those who wish to do so must live in peace with the people of the State.

“Ibos are living and doing their business here and they will continue to live and do their business here. We support that,” Wike said.

“But that terrorist group call IPOB, cannot determine what happens in our state. To tell us where they own. It will never happen and we must not allow it to happen”.

Governor Wike charged all chairmen of councils, youth leaders, CDCs to go into their various communities and identify all those IPOB members.

He emphasized that nobody of Ibo extraction legitimately residing and doing business in the state must be harassed.

“But there are criminal elements that we must not allow, and the criminal elements are those who said they are IPOB members. The federal government has proscribed them, I have proscribed them,” the governor noted.

He called on the people to defend the territory of Rivers State and ensure no part of the State is annexed by a criminal organisation or terrorist organization.

“We cannot allow it. All our vigilante groups must be encouraged. Everybody must be on alert. Work with the security agencies to make sure nothing call IPOB exists in this state. No procession. Not even a meeting anywhere. Identify where they hold a meeting,” he said

Rivers State Commissioner of Youth Development, Hon. Ohia Prince Obi lauded the governor for interfacing with the youths as this will give them a sense of belonging in the affairs of the State.

The chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria in Rivers State, Chijoke Ihunwo, appeal to Governor Wike for clemency for wanted, Stanley Mgbere, who led IPOB members to attack the palace of the king of Onne, was rejected.

Rivers Govt Outlaws IPOB, Places N50m Bounty On Wanted Stanley Mgbere

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, addressing residents in a state-wide broadcast in August 2020.

 

The Rivers State government has outlawed the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Governor Nyesom Wike made the announcement in a state-wide broadcast on Friday in Port Harcourt, following reports of violence in parts of the state.

He blamed the proscribed group for the recent attacks on some Local Government Areas (LGAs), especially in Oyigbo LGA.

The governor also declared one Stanley Mgbere from Onne in Eleme LGA wanted and placed a bounty of N50 million on him. The money will be paid to any person who can provide credible information that would lead to his arrest and prosecution.

He promised to sign an executive order to effect the proscription of IPOB in the state, adding that he would meet with communities and stakeholders to ensure prompt implementation in collaboration with security agencies.

On Wednesday, the Rivers State Police Command said IPOB members killed two of its personnel and burned two police stations in Oyigbo LGA.

Following fears of fresh mob attacks in the area, troops of the Nigerian Army and policemen were deployed there to maintain the peace.

Despite the security presence, gunshots rent the area from Thursday night till Friday morning, as soldiers repelled the hoodlums.

Read the full text of the governor’s broadcast below:

A STATE-WIDE BROADCAST REINFORCING THE PROSCRIPTION OF IPOB IN RIVERS STATE BY GOVERNOR NYESOM WIKE, CON, GSSRS, POS

23rd OCTOBER 2020.

My Dear Good People of Rivers State,

The Rivers State Government views with serious concern the unending destructive activities of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples Organization of Biafra (IPOB) in Rivers State.

Recall that the IPOB was classified as a terrorist organisation by the Federal High Court and subsequently proscribed in September 2017 by the Federal Government.

However, despite its ban, the group has continued to operate in parts of the country, including Rivers State in furtherance of its alien political objectives.

Since its proscription, the group has carried out intermittent processions in parts of Rivers State, especially in Oyigbo and some notorious suburbs in Port Harcourt Local Government Areas.

More often than not, these illegal processions have become regular occasions for armed IPOB members to disturb the peace of the state by unleashing violence and destruction on lives and property at will.

The Rivers State Government had severally pleaded, warned and even advised IPOB and its members to discontinue its insurrectional actions in Rivers State to no avail.

Instead, we were all witnesses to yet, another orgy of violence and destruction inflicted by IPOB at Oyigbo Local Government Area and some parts of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area on Tuesday 21st October 2020.

This evil, wicked and audacious action resulted in the unnecessary loss of scores of lives, including soldiers and police officers, and the destruction of both public and private properties, including police stations, court buildings and business premises.

Not done, they also visited physical violence on members of some targeted community which, but, for the quick intervention of the State Government and the security agencies, would have resulted in some form of internecine bloodbath in the State.

Today, IPOB continued with its devilish and destructive activities at Rumukwurushi, Iriebe and Oyigbo in open defiance of the State Government’s curfew on human movements.

Security intelligence and surveillance have revealed that IPOB has continued to expand its membership drive, holding meetings regularly, and expanding its logistical base, including the maintenance of illegal detention cells in Emenike and other parts of Diobu, Port Harcourt.

As a matter of fact, Oyigbo town has practically become the group’s main operational base in Rivers State, from which they’ve become notorious for launching premeditated violence and terror on the State, businesses and innocent citizens.

As a people, we have become very much unsettled by the terrorist acts and endured the continuing irritations, violence, destruction, and provocations of IPOB in and against the people of Rivers State.

We agree that Rivers State is part of Nigeria and has always been a home for all Nigerians and will continue to be because this is our true character.

But it must also be understood that Rivers State belongs to the indigenous people of Rivers State.

As a stranger element with strange political ideology, therefore, IPOB has no legal or moral right to invade Rivers State or any part therefore at its behest, to disturb public peace, and subject lives and property to violence or threat of destruction under any guise.

What is clear from this behaviour is that our love, accommodation, and hospitality towards all are being mistaken for weakness by the banned IPOB.

This being so, the time has come for us to sound this notice of warning that: enough is enough!!! We can no longer tolerate this IPOB evil monster in Rivers State. Never.

As a Government, we owe our people and all residents the responsibility to protect their lives, property and wellbeing and to prevent troublemakers of all shades and character from violating our collective peace, security and pursuit of happiness.

Therefore, in view of the fact that IPOB has since been proscribed throughout Nigeria; and having come to the firm conclusion that the activities of the banned IPOB are not just dangerous to lives and property but also constitute clear and present threat to the existential interest and aspirations of Rivers State and all our people,

We have decided to reinforce, implement, and enforce the existing judicial and national ban on IPOB by putting a total and complete stop to its presence and or activities in Rivers State or any part thereof.

  1. Accordingly, as from today 23rd October 2020, the Rivers State Government has:

(i)  Outlawed IPOB from existing and or operating in Rivers State or any part thereof in line with the proscription order of the Federal High Court and the Federal Government.

(ii) No form of procession and or agitation by IPOB or any of its affiliates is allowed to take place in Rivers State or any part thereof, henceforth.

(iii) Security agencies are hereby directed to stop any form of procession or agitation by IPOB in Rivers State or any part thereof and arrest and prosecute any person or group that identifies with the membership or activities of IPOB in the State;

(iv) Government will issue an executive order to strengthen and ensure the effective enforcement of these measures;

(v) I (Wike) will be meeting with all leaders of youth groups and community development committees in the State on Monday 26th October 2020 to take wholistic measures to counter and stop all IPOB activities in Rivers State;

(vi) Mr Stanley Mgbere from Onne is hereby declared wanted for leading members of the banned IPOB to cause the recent violence and destruction of lives and property in Onne in Eleme Local Government Area; and

(vii) A ransom of N50,000,000.00 will be given to any person with useful information that would lead to the arrest and prosecution of the said Mr. Stanley Mgbere.

I (Wike) wish to appeal to the people of Oyigbo Local Government Area to remain calm and not to take the laws into their hands despite the intense provocation as government has the capacity to deal with the challenge and ensure safety of lives and property in the Local Government Area.

We will soon carry out on-the-spot inspection and assessment of the destruction they have suffered and take appropriate measures to mitigate the loss and damage caused to lives and property.

We hereby express our sympathies to the families of all those that have either lost their loved ones or suffered damages to their properties from the destructive acts of IPOB in our State.

Be assured that they have not died in vain and we will do everything within our powers to give all the victims justice.

We appeal to leaders of the various ethnic groups resident in the State to ensure that their members respect the sensibilities of our people and refrain from provocations and acts of hooliganism that could breach peace and security in the State.

Finally, I wish to assure all Nigerians that Rivers State will continue to be the home for all tribes as we will not shirk in our responsibility to ensure the peace, security and happiness of all residents in Rivers State.

We cannot allow IPOB miscreants and other misguided similar groups to threaten our collective peace, security, and wellbeing under whatever guise.

Thank you and may God continue to bless Rivers State.

DSS Says IPOB Attacked Its Patrol Team In Enugu, Killed Two Officers

A file photo of DSS officials.
A file photo of DSS officials.

 

A patrol team of the Department of State Services (DSS) was attacked in Enugu state on Sunday by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), according to DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya.

Afunanya, in a statement, added that the Service lost two of its officials “in what was clearly an unprovoked violent attack”.

The group, which is calling for the secession of the South-East region from Nigeria, has been proscribed by the Federal Government.

The DSS, in its Sunday statement, said measures have been put in motion to fish out the killers.

 

READ THE DSS FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

UNPROVOKED VIOLENT ATTACK ON DSS PATROL TEAM IN ENUGU

The DSS wishes to inform the public that its patrol team was, today, 23rd August, 2020, attacked in Emene, Enugu State by members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The Service lost two personnel in what was clearly an unprovoked violent attack launched by IPOB on the team.

The Service hereby condoles with families of the departed officers and also prays for the repose of their souls.

However, all measures have been put in place to ensure that their killers and everyone involved in this dastardly act are promptly apprehended and brought to justice. Consequently, a full scale investigation will be carried out with regard to the incident.

Once again, the Service reaffirms its commitment to assiduously work with other security agencies to maintain public safety and order. It, therefore urges law abiding citizens and residents to go about their normal businesses without fear.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D
Public Relations Officer
Department of State Services
National Headquarters
Abuja
23rd August, 2020

Presidency Accuses IPOB Of Discrediting Nigeria Internationally

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on May 28, 2017, supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) march through the Osusu district in Aba, Abia State. STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP

 

 

The Presidency has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of working to discredit the Nigerian government internationally.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made the allegation in a statement on Sunday.

According to him, the group is leading a campaign on ‘false allegations of persecution’ of Christians in the country.

Shehu alleged that IPOB was running two interconnected campaigns, using the cover of Christianity and calling for the appointment of a United States special envoy to stop the ‘genocide’  of Christians in Nigeria.

He added that the group began the campaigns in October 2019 which he said was being funded with monthly spending of $85,000.

The president’s spokesman, therefore, urged Nigerians and the international community to disregard such campaigns, insisted that they were aimed at destroying the good relationship Nigeria has with the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries.

Read the full statement below:

IPOB, SELF-PROCLAIMED JEWS, USING CHRISTIANITY TO WAGE WAR AGAINST THE NIGERIAN STATE

The Presidency wishes to draw the attention of all citizens and the international community to a most misleading campaign spearheaded by the so-called Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) using false allegations of persecution of Christians against the Nigerian State.

A very deep and wide investigation by an agency of the Nigerian government, working with international partners, has made us become aware that there are two, interconnected campaigns being run concurrently by the IPOB in this regard.

Both are using the cover of Christianity – and calling for a US Special Envoy to be appointed to stop the “genocide” of Christians in Nigeria. But the real purpose is to drive a wedge between the Nigerian government and its US and UK/European allies.

IPOB leadership of course self-proclaims as “Jewish,” a position not shared by the generality of the members.

For reasons of convenience, he claims to have an interest in the welfare of Christians – but this is a ruse: the case for independence, the leader believes, is strengthened by “proving” the government of Nigeria is “autocratic”, engaged in a “silent slaughter” of their own citizens along religious and ethnic lines – and that therefore the only viable option for the unique religious and ethnic minority is a sovereign Biafra separate from Nigeria.

Nigerians and the international community are advised to be wary of this divisive campaign, which available evidence shows is being funded with a monthly spending of $85,000 USD since October 2019, with no records of the source of this largesse.

The campaign consists of producing articles in the names of the alleged Christian NGOs’ leaders (of campaign groups created at the time this PR contract with a US lobbying firm was signed) and letters to and from members of Congress to the White House.

Unfortunately, some Members of Congress have clearly been persuaded there is indeed a “Christian persecution” underway in Nigeria – and do so quoting the campaign – and they are known to be taking up the case directly with the White House to appoint the special envoy.

The American charity secured a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and has made presentations to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.

There is also a UK and European angle of the Campaign, which is more opaque than its US sister campaign – given there is less legal requirement for public filings – but what is known of this at the moment is that their Budget is sufficient to hire four PR firms in the UK, Belgium, France, and the US (the latter additional to the above).

They have founded an “NGO/Charity” and a linked web-based campaign named “Stop the Silent Slaughter” which is well designed and complete with video “evidence”-completely concocted.

Members of the alleged Christian NGO have had multiple Op-Ed articles in conservative news websites promulgating their message of a “Christian Genocide”. Some of those articles have also been used as “evidence” in the sister US campaign.

Two of those conservative news websites were co-founded by the owner of the UK PR firm they have hired to generate their publicity as well as an OP-Ed article in the name of a British MP who may have been convinced by their campaign under false pretences.

They have secured additional coverage in France, EU, and Germany.

They secured a MPs debate on the “Christian Genocide” in the House of Commons in which staff member of the UK PR was referenced as the “private secretary” to the leader of the UK-based Charity.

It is clear from all of the above that the IPOB’s extraordinarily and dubiously well-funded campaign in the US and UK/Europe is misusing the issue of the welfare of Christians purely to further their own political ends, and it seeks to damage inter-religious dialogue in Nigeria as well as to damage the international reputation of Nigeria.

Nigerians and the international community are hereby advised to ignore this campaign as they have disregarded similar past campaigns originated by this group which has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian State.

International groups and societies are welcome to send representatives to Nigeria and give a lie to the false claims made by these terrorist groups who are duping them of their money and involving them in conduct and activities disguised to destroy the harmonious relationships existing between their home countries and Nigeria.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

June 7, 2020

PHOTOS: Police Parade Suspected IPOB Members, Cultists In Delta

The Commissioner of Police in Delta, Hafiz Inuwa, parading various crime suspects at the Police Headquarters in Asaba on May 15, 2020.

 

 

The Delta State Police Command has arrested a group of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for attacking some of its personnel in the state.

The IPOB members were paraded along with some other crime suspects by the Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, on Friday at the Police Headquarters in Asaba, the state capital.

He revealed that the police have made tremendous breakthroughs with the arrest of over 200 suspected criminals, including child traffickers during the period of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Other suspects paraded included Indian hemp dealers caught with three bags of the substance, cultists arrested during their initiation in Abraka, and some gun runners.

Inuwa noted that the suspects were being investigated for the various crimes committed and would be charged to court thereafter.

According to him, the police recovered several arms and ammunition among other dangerous items from the suspects.

See the photos below:

Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Sues Police, Demands N2bn Compensation

Court Revokes Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail, Orders His Re-Arrest
FILE PHOTO: Nnamdi Kanu

 

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the leader counsel to the self-proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has formally dragged the Nigeria Police to the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Ejiofor is suing the Nigeria Police over an alleged invasion of his house and alleged killing of four occupants by operatives of the force.

In the legal action instituted on his behalf by his lawyer Maxwell Okpara, Ejiofor is asking the court for an order to compel police to pay him the sum of N2 billion as compensation and damages for the burning of his house and  alleged shooting of his aged mother by the police at his home to in Anambra State on December 2.

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He is also asking the court to restrain the police from further harassing, intimidating, threatening his life and destroying his properties.

He further applied for an order of the court stopping the respondents from threatening him with arrest and torture and to compel them to retract the public notice made on December 3, which declared him wanted and to also tender apology to him in five major newspapers and any other form of reparation.

Meanwhile, police authorities in Anambra State last week declared Ejiofor wanted following an incident in Oraifite town which led to the killing of two police officers by suspected members of the proscribed IPOB group.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, John Abang while declaring Ejiofor wanted urged residents in the state to promptly report any information on his whereabouts to the police or other security agencies.

Suspected IPOB Members Kill Two Police Officers, Set Vehicle Ablaze

 

Some suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have killed two police officers in Anambra State.

The spokesperson for the Anambra State Police Command, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

He added that the attackers injured some officers while a police patrol van was set ablaze during the incident which occurred in Oraifite town in the state.

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Mohammed explained that the security operatives had responded to a complaint against on Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said to be a lawyer to self-acclaimed IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, on alleged case of abduction, assault occasioning harm, and malicious damage to property.

The police patrol teams led by the Area Commander in Oraifite, Oliver Abbey, then mobilised and rushed to the scene in order to arrest Ejiofor who was said to have declined police invitation.

 

“As soon as police arrived at 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 Police Public Relations Officer said.

He added, “The injured personnel were rushed to the hospital for medical attention and are presently receiving treatment.”

 

According to Mohammed, the command deployed reinforcements from the State Headquarters comprising personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), and Special Anti-Cult Unit to the area.

He disclosed that this was in conjunction with Nigerian Army troops and other security agencies who cordoned off the area in order to fish out the culprits.

The command’s spokesman noted that the team had begun a joint patrol in the town to prevent a further breakdown of law and order.

He confirmed that some arrests have been made and the Commissioner of Police in the state, John Abang, has vowed to bring perpetrators of the dastardly act to justice.

 

Meanwhile, the IPOB leader confirmed the incident in a statement credited to him but gave a different account of what happened.

He claimed that the police and army invaded his lawyer’s house while three IPOB members were killed.

“Confirmed reports indicate that a combined team of Nigeria police and military assassination squad invaded the home of my lawyer in Oraifite, Anambra State this morning Monday in a bid to kill him and his family.

“Sadly three innocent Biafrans were killed by this invading force at his residence. This comes on the heel of yet another killing of two IPOB family members who were peacefully gathering in Arondizuogu on Sunday, December 1,” the statement purportedly authored by Kanu alleged.