A Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State has declared the invasion of the residence of Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer to the detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, by the Nigerian Army, the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Nigerian police as illegal and unconstitutional.
The court also awarded the sum of N100million aggravated damages against the security agencies involved in the invasion.
Recall that four persons including two members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and two policemen were killed in Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Anambra State, after a combined team of soldiers and policemen invaded the home of Ejiofor.
The presiding judge, Justice H. A. Nganjiwa, while delivering his judgment in a fundamental rights enforcement suit marked, FHC/AWK/CS/56/2021, declared that the brutal invasion of the ancestral home of the lawyer on June 6, 2021, was oppressive, illegal and a gross violation of his rights to life, dignity of human person, fair hearing, right to private and family life.
The court also ordered the Nigerian Army, the DSS, the Nigerian police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and others to pay the sum of N100million as compensation to the lawyer.
The court also declared as illegal and unlawful, the taking away and subsequent burning of Ejiofor’s Toyota Car with Registration No. YAB 60 CB together with the dead body of Mr. Samuel Okoro, and other vital documents and valuables seized from the lawyer’s house by the security agents.
Nganjiwa further made an order restraining the the Nigerian government and security agents from further harassing, threatening or taking further steps in an attempt to terminate the life of the applicant.
The court also directed the Inspector-General of police, the Chief of Army Staff, and the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) to immediately identify their personnel involved in the gruesome act and to sanction them in line with the extant laws.
The defendants in the case include; the Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector-General of Police, the Department of State Service, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Nigerian Army, the Chief of Amy Staff.