The Anambra Police Command had on Tuesday declared Ejiofor wanted following alleged killing of two police officers in Oraifite in the Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state.
The police said he was declared wanted over alleged cases of conspiracy, murder, treasonable felony, arson and armed robbery.
But IPOB, in a statement on Wednesday, said the plan was not only to intimidate other lawyers from accepting IPOB’s cases but to truncate its struggle for a republic.
The group maintained that Ejiofor was innocent of the allegations levelled against him.
The statement signed by the group's media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, read in part,” The only reason why the police declared our lawyer wanted is to stop him from handling IPOB cases and to make sure he does not attend court in January 2020.
” Part of the wider motive, however, is to intimidate lawyers into not accepting IPOB cases. In their warped thinking, Aso Rock thinks this will pave the way for spineless judges to do their bidding. They want to use the courts to stop the raging Biafra agitation.
“The purported and useless declaration made by the Commissioner of Police in Awka against IPOB lawyer Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor is baseless.
“We all are aware of how this same Nigeria Police and the military used the same words when they invaded the home of our leader on September 14, 2017."
Emma said the police could only deceive Nigerians who are gullible.
“They can go on deceiving gullible Nigerians about their motive for the barbaric invasion of Barrister Ejiofor’s home but the facts are all there for the world to see.
“When they invaded Afaraukwu it was in pursuit of a truck laden with explosives, today the story has changed to enforcement of a mere petition.
“It’s the height of incredulity to think that any sensible person will buy such a story.
“Nigeria Police always intimidate and kill people at will and they always try to justify their crime by declaring people wanted.
“Nigeria Police must come out to tell the whole world why they took this decision to kill Barrister Ejiofor and his family. Police shooting sporadically in the compound of a man they claim they invited for questioning leaves their motive in no doubt in the minds of the public. They came to kill him.
“Those responsible for this carnage in Ejiofor’s compound will pay dearly for it and they know they would,” the IPOB publicist stated.
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