A lawyer to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has filed a suit against the Nigerian Police Force at a Federal High Court in Awka, Anambra State, over an alleged invasion of his house and killing of four occupants.
Mr Ejiofor is also the lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader who fled Nigeria after being granted bail in a treason trial.
Mr Ejiofor’s house in Anambra State was raided and razed by the police on December 2, which led to the death of at least four persons including two police officers.
The police said they were in the house to investigate a reported case of abduction and to arrest suspects when they were attacked.
The police named the two officers killed in the violence as Joseph Akubo and Oliver Abbey.
The police also declared Mr Ejiofor wanted.
Mr Ojiofor’s suit
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/135/19, Mr Ejiofor, who filed the suit through his lawyer, Maxwell Okpara, Is asking the court for an order 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 State on December 2.
The defendants in the suit include the Police Service Commission, Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police, Area Commander, and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) heading 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.