Written by Egwuatu Chukz
14th December 2019
The case instituted by Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor against the Federal Government of Nigeria and it's security agencies commenced on Friday 13th December, 2019. The case came up for hearing at Federal High Court 2, Awka, the Anambra State capital. It was presided over by Justice Quadiri.
Recall that on Monday 2nd December 2019, a combined team of armed security operatives comprising of the Anambra State Command of the Nigerian Police Force and the Army, murderously invaded the country home of Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor at Ifite-Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the State, wrecking havoc, killing more than four unarmed, innocent Biafran civilians, with many others including the aged mother of the Barrister, sustaining varying degrees of gunshot wounds. Houses and household properties worth fortunes were brazenly burnt down.
Joined in the suit as respondents are Police Service Commission, Inspector General of Police, Anambra State Police Commissioner, Oraifite Area Commander, Oraifite Divisional Police Officer, the Nigerian Army, Attorney General of the Federation and the Nigerian Government.
The assassination attempt visited on Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor and the carnage in his compound were criminally masterminded by the Anambra State Commissioner of Police through the officer in charge of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Oraifite Area Command (commonly referred to as "assassins in police uniform" and Emeka Offor.
It is noteworthy to state here that Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor is a renowned lawyer, a senior member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the legal counsel to Mazi Nnamdi Okwu-Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), globally.
Standing in as applicants for Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, are: Barrister Nnaemeka Ejiofor, Barrister Augustine Ezeokeke and Barrister Chinwe Umueche.
Barrister Nnaemeka Ejiofor reading out the application stated: "In pursuant to order IV rules 3 and 4 laws of Fundamental Human Rights, we are here to apply for the interim order of this honorable Federal High Court, to seek for the protection and safety of the life of Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor who has been under severe threat by the Nigerian Police Force, which also has declared him wanted after the destruction of life and property in his home at Ifite-Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State. On this case, we adopt our writing also on oral address which includes the abound pictorial and video evidences of lives and properties destroyed by officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force".
Following the above presentation, the presiding judge, Justice Quadiri stated "I have seen and listened to the applicants. I have also seen the pictorial evidences contained in the documents presented to the court. I will restrain the police from further actions. Therefore, I will order the police and other respondents including the Nigerian Army to maintain the status quo pending the determination of the substantive suit". The judge further stated that the order of the court will be served on the respondents alongside the originating process.
The case was adjourned to Friday 27th December 2019, for hearing. Both the applicants and the respondents are by this, expected to all appear in the next court sitting as scheduled for the commencement of hearing on the matter.
Reporting for Family Writers Press International