This is the country home of Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor in Ifite, Anambra. He is my friend, brother and lawyer and he is IPOB’s and Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer. I was in this house on sunday afternoon after attending the Thanksgiving Service for his brothers burial which took place last wednesday.
On sunday we had lunch in the house after which he took me on a tour of his new house which he had just finished building, which he was about to move into and which was located right next to the old one. I left for Lagos later in the afternoon.
The following morning, which was monday, a joint force comprising of the military and the police stormed both his old house and the new one, killed 4 people and burnt both houses to the ground.
In what can only be described as a savage, vicious and unprovoked attack and the unrestrained and relentless execution and implementation of an archaic and barbaric scorched earth policy, they also burnt down ALL the surrounding houses in the neighbourhood and community and all the shops and commercial buildings, including the home of Ejiofor’s late brother who was buried on thursday and who was an Anglican priest.
This is equally regrettable just as was the murder of the 4 IPOB youths that had been killed in the raid by the police earlier in the day.
Whichever way you look at it one thing is clear: the behaviour of the police and the joint force was brutal, disproportionate, provocative, heartless and barbaric and I wholeheartedly condemn it.
This is all the more so because they attacked a community that was still in mourning and that had just buried Ifeanyi Ejiofor’s brother who was not only a revered Anglican priest but also one of their leading and most respected community leaders.
The widow and 6 young children of the deceased priest, who I met on sunday, were also brutalised and traumatised in the attack by the police and military. This is wrong. It is evil. It is wicked. It is heartless. It is cruel. I am utterly disgusted that such an outrage can be committed against such a young, defenceless and mourning family.
Once again I call for peace and restraint in this matter but I also call on the Anambra state Government and the Federal Government of Nigeria to bring those that committed this atrocity and those who ordered it to justice.
Though I renounce violence in any shape or form and I utterly deplore and condemn it’s use by anyone, I will however say the following: when the state, through its security agencies, attack and kill innocent people and burn down their homes and community for no just cause it does not serve the interest of the nation or engender peace, national cohesion, national reconciliation, national dialogue or national unity but instead it sets us on the ugly, unpredictable and ungodly road of violence and conflict.
This is sad and unfortunate but it is the bitter truth.
I pray that my friend, brother and lawyer, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who I have not seen or spoken to since yesterday morning when he called me to brief me about the attack on his home and community, is safe, sound, hale and hearty.
I pray that he has not been secretly apprehended and killed. I pray that his mother and other family members that were in the house during the attack are also safe.
I offer my condolences and commiserations to the family’s of all those that were killed, including the two policemen, and I hope and pray that we do not see this kind of barbarous atrocity again.
May God deliver our people from the savagery and barbarity of tyranny and injustice and may He save us from evil, cruel and bloodthirsty men.
May God protect the people of Orifite, Anambra, the East and Nigeria.
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