The soldiers put his corpse in the boot of a vehicle belonging to the lawyer and took them away.
More information has emerged regarding the Nigerian troops who invades Ifeanyi Ejiofor, a lawyer for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in the early hours of Sunday.
Soldiers shot and killed the lawyer’s personal assistant, Samuel Uzo Okoro, also known as Biggy, according to SaharaReporters.
According to reports, the troops allegedly placed his body in the boot of a lawyer’s vehicle and drove them away.
Four of the lawyer’s family were also abducted by the military men, according to an update sent to SaharaReporters by civil society organisation the International Society for Civil Liberty and Rule of Law. Soldiers and others infiltrate IPOB Lawyer’s home at 2.30 a.m., transporting him to an undisclosed location.
“In the early hours of this morning, his house was raided by armed military, joined by the police, Department of State Services, and civil defence operatives,” a source in the organisation claimed. After severing the compound’s security cable and shooting in all directions, the invading security personnel jumped the outer fence.
“The respected human rights lawyer who is also the principal attorney to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu and several other groups and individuals, was unable to be tracked and abducted or instantly shot dead because he was hiding somewhere in his house.
“The invading government security operatives did not spare the life of the lawyer’s Personal Assistant, Samuel Uzo Okoro (Biggy), who was shot and killed inside the compound. The late Samuel Okoro had woken up as a result of noises and gunshots to find out what was going on when soldiers shot and killed him instantly. Unable to locate the lawyer and having shot and killed his PA, Samuel Okoro, the soldiers and others carried his corpse and dumped same in the boot of a Camry car belonging to Barr Ifeanyi Ejiofor and ordered his chief driver (fondly called ‘Papa’ or ‘Elder’) to drive the car and follow them with the corpse.
“The invading government security operatives also abducted Barr Ejiofor’s elder brother, Joel Ejiofor and the lawyer’s two domestic workers, named Ugochukwu and Chikezie and bundled them away.
“The lawyer’s elder brother, Joel was later pushed out of one of the hilux vans at Ojoto en route Awka, Anambra State and he has since returned alive and unhurt.
“The invading soldiers and other security operatives were also found to have been mobilised from Abuja and Anambra State and from the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha. The police, DSS and Civil Defence operatives came from Anambra State and Abuja.”
SaharaReporters had earlier today reported that some soldiers and policemen laid siege to the lawyer’s house.
The reason for this invasion could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report but it might be connected with the lawyer’s legal assistance to the separatist group, IPOB, whose leader is Nnamdi Kanu.
According to a statement sent to SaharaReporters by IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful on Sunday morning, the security forces shot sporadically before taking away the lawyer.
“Barrister Ejiofor’s house been invaded by Fulani Jihadists soldiers now and they went to eliminate him, the world must hear the evil Nigeria and her security agencies are committing.
“This is 2.30am time they surrounded his country home. Is it an offense for someone to defend IPOB? Barrister Ejiofor is doing his job as a lawyer; where in the world would a legal practitioner be harassed because he represents an organisation?
“The Nigerian Army invaded and burnt his house on 2nd December 2019 and killed more than 10 people. After that, they were still trailing and harassing him. The whole world must hear because Nigerian government must get what they are looking for from IPOB,” the statement had said.