A lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Ifeanyi Ejiofor has sued the Nigerian Police Force before the Federal High Court.
Recall that the incident that led to the burning of his houses in Anambra a few days after the burial of his elder brother left two Police officer and four youths dead.
This has led to him being declared wanted by the Police for alleged complicity in the murder of some policemen.
The lawyer, in the suit, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/135/19, filed by a lawyer, Maxwell Okpara, is accusing the security agency, in the fundamental rights enforcement suit, of invading his house and killing of four occupants.
Ejiofor is, therefore, seeking, among others, an order to compelling the defendants to pay him N2 billion as compensation and damages for the burning of his houses and shooting of his aged mother by the police at his Oraifite hometown in Anambra State on December 2 this year.
He listed the Inspector-General of Police, Commissioner of Police, Area Commander, Divisional Police (DPO) in Anambra State, the Nigerian Army, Chief of Army Staff, Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) as defendants in the suits.
He also wants the court to restrain the Police or their agents and privies from further harassing, intimidating, threatening his life and destroying his house and other properties.
He is also seeking 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 an apology to him in five major newspapers and any other form of reparation.
In a supporting affidavit, Tthe lawyer who claimed to have been called to bar 17 years ago claimed that he was in his Oraifite hometown in Anambra State between November 25 and December 1, for the burial of his late brother, Reverend Louis Ejiofor.
His house was still filled with relatives, friends and well-wishers, helping him to evacuate tents, chairs and other materials used for the burial ceremony when a group of 16 policemen on December 2 allegedly invaded his house.
In the affidavit, his senior brother, Evangelist Emeka Ejiofor, further stated, that the police claimed to be looking for suspects involved in an alleged communal clash and that he spoke on phone with the Area Commander promising that he would make himself available on the same day by 11 am.
He stated that by 10.15am, the same police squad led by the Area Commander, came ahead of the appointed time and violently invaded his ancestral home with sporadic shooting at every living object.
“In the confusion that ensued, the plaintiff said that four young men were instantly shot dead while his aged mother sustained gunshot injury from the incident.
“The dead bodies were evacuated from his house to a market place and burnt there,” he said and referred photographs and video clips, which he claimed showed “the wanton destruction of” the plaintiff’s house by the police .
While promising to tender the photographs and video clips during trial, Ejiofor added that on December 3, the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State caused a public notice through television stations and other news media that he had been declared wanted without been given adequate time and opportunity to respond to any allegation against him if any.
He, therefore, wants the court to declare the alleged invasion of his house and subsequent shootings and killing of unarmed civilians as barbaric, wicked, illegal, oppressive and a gross violation of his rights to life, dignity of human person, personal liberty, fair hearing and right to private and family life as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution.
He is equally praying the court to declare that the setting ablaze of all buildings and properties in his Oraifite ancestral home in Ekwusigo Local Government of Anambra State by the police is illegal, barbaric, oppressive, unlawful and amounted to a gross violation of his rights to property as guaranteed by the constitution.
The case is yet to be assigned to any judge for a hearing.