Police name officers killed during IPOB raid, Ohaneze kicks

Chidi Samuel| The Nigeria police on Tuesday disclosed the identities of the two officers allegedly killed by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), at Oraifite, Anambra state on Monday.

According to the police, the officers, Joseph Akubo and Oliver Abbey, were killed during a raid at the home of Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer representing the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The police said Akubo, an assistant superintendent, was attached to the special anti-robbery squad while Abbey, an assistant commissioner, was the area commander in charge of Oraifite.

However, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has condemned the raid and torching of the IPOB lawyers home.

In a statement on Tuesday, John Nwodo, the president general of the organisation, while condemning the raid, called for a judicial inquiry into the “unprovoked attack on a law-abiding citizen of the country whose only crime is that he peacefully objects to the maltreatment of his people”.

Nwodo described the accusations leveled by the police against Mr. Ejiofor as “spurious.”

He said, “Assuming without conceding that Barrister Ejiofor was culpable on a charge of abduction, the only option in law available to the police is arrest and prosecute him under the laws of Nigeria and not deliberate arson and wanton destruction of his family home.”

Nwodo called for a “halt to the apparent and incessant physical, economic and political harassment of Ndigbo in a country watered with their blood and who have striven to keep and grow the country with their presence in all nooks and crannies of Nigeria.”

The police meanwhile declared the IPOB lawyer wanted on Tuesday over his role in the killing of two police officers but in a video posted on the internet on Tuesday, Ejiofor denied any involvement in te killing of the officers, accusing the police of going after him for his role in defending members of IPOB.

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