Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, a lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, enraged with politicians in Southeast for taking sides with the Nigerian government on the proscription of IPOB, has labelled all politicians especially Governors as cowards for not supporting the demands for IPOB.
Barrister Ejiofor, who has been the legal counsel to Nnamdi Kanu and Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB), disclosed to SaharaReporters during an interview that politicians in South Eastern part of the country did not support Nnamdi Kanu because they are more concerned about securing their political positions. He added that the politicians prefer to do this at the expense of backing the cause championed by Nnamdi Kanu. He claimed the current crops of politicians in the region of the country would be swept out of office in the next general election in 2019.
“Southeast governors have no power to say IPOB is a terrorist and that is very certain. I condemned it, and they’ve withdrawn it saying they never at any point say that. What they said is a political statement to obtain favor from the federal government.” Barrister Ejiofor said.
The lawyer added, “Some of them are cowards and are saying that because they want to secure their political offices. We will mobilise youths who will come out in 2019 to sweep out all of the politicians.”
Responding to claim made by a former governor Abia, Orji Uzor Kalu who said Nnamdi Kanu had left the shores of the country after the attack on his house by military personnel. Barrister Ifeanyi asserted that Mr. Kalu is concerned about causing harm and unrest in the country.
The former Governor of Abia State said he spoke with one of the relatives of the missing IPOB leader who revealed to him Nnamdi Kanu is now in London. Reacting to this, the Barrister said, “Orji Uzor Kalu is a politician who I believe is looking for an avenue to get favour from the government and that is why he is saying what he is not sure of.”
“I asked if he was there with the rampaging soldiers when the premises was invaded? He was not there. Also, he said my client went to London through Malaysia. Travelers will tell you it is not possible for somebody to travel to Malaysia and from there to the United Kingdom, it is not possible. Kalu’s statement is false and targeted at causing mischief because the military knows they have my client.” The lawyer for the group said.
The lawyer affirmed that Mr. Kalu has not spoken with any relatives of Nnamdi Kanu since the attack took place.
“I can authoritatively confirm that no member of my client’s family spoke to him and that is certain. He does not have access to any of his relatives whether brother or sister.”
Barrister Ifeanyi, commenting on the attack and shooting that took place in Nnamdi Kanu’s residence, he insisted that the military is working together with the federal government and Hausa leaders. He opined that the action is targeted at alienating the Igbos and to silence demand for Biafra.
He said, “This is a Northern agenda to cleanse the entire igbos. Those who are demanding for Biafra do not wield weapons nor carry arms. The army is following the ploy to forcefully capture Nnamdi Kanu and silence his supporters. There are other people like the herdsmen who walk about with AK-47s, but the government has not deployed the military against them.”
Convinced that Nnamdi Kanu is in the custody of the military, Barrister Ejiofor demanded his client be released whether he is dead or alive.
“The attack was properly mapped because they came to inspect the house two days before they struck. They shot at everyone and everything in the premises including dogs and cars. They entered the bedroom, and bullet holes can be seen all over the walls. I'm very sure they are with him, and I have petitioned the military to ensure they produce him dead or alive. He is a prince, and if he is dead, they should release his body for a befitting burial. I have said and still insisting that the military must produce him on the next adjourned court date.”
Nnamdi Kanu has been missing with whereabout unknown since the attack on his house by the Nigeria military on September 14. However, the military has denied invading the home of the IPOB leader and insisting they don't have him custody