Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu on Tuesday, alleged that the Anambra State Police Command was after his life.
He alleged that an order to arrest him dead or alive has been issued by the command.
Ejiofor was declared wanted by the Police last week over alleged brutal murder of two Police officers in Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.
In a petition to the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, the legal practitioner requested for immediate intervention from the commission.
Ejiofor reiterated that his only offence was his role as the lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB, including his winning of virtually all frivolous charges filed against the group in various courts’ of competent jurisdiction.
He also called on the United Kingdom to intervene and prevail on both Federal Government and the Nigerian Police to set aside the “wanted” declaration made against him.
Ejiofor who quantified the property destroyed in the clash in his ancestral home to the tune of N700m, also asked that an independent Investigative Panel be set up to investigate the incident.
He, however, pledged to make himself available to the Police if their intention was to investigate the allegations.
The petition partly read, “Why is the Anambra State Police Command shielding itself or keeping mute over the mayhem its personnel, the military and other security agencies perpetrated in my ancestral home, including the burning of houses and other properties valued at over N700m as well as killing and maiming of defenceless and unarmed citizens?
”Is the instant contrive against me not inimical to the provision of Rule 24 of the Rules of Conduct for Legal Practitioners, 2007, that placed a duty on Lawyers to represent their client(s) to the best of their ability within the confines of the law?
“The only plausible offence I committed in the real sense of it is because I am the lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB who have won virtually all frivolous charge filed against the members of IPOB in various courts’ of competent jurisdiction across the south-south and south-East states, including Abuja.
“I make bold to state most respectfully Sir, that my thorough investigation and findings revealed that an order to arrest me dead or alive has been given.
Ejiofor further alleged that a certain oil mogul in the area was behind his ordeal for the sole purpose of satisfying the “powers that be.”
He continued, “Furthermore Sir, the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, had quickly declared me wanted to enable them cover their evil tracks on the heinous crime committed in my house.
“I have been reliably informed that the Commissioner of Police Anambra State, had issued an order to his subordinates to shoot me at sight, and as it stands today, my life is increasingly exposed to possible conspiracy of extinction in the hands of deadly police officers.
“It is pertinent to stress that being a law abiding citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a Legal Practitioner who firmly believes in the Rule of Law, I have no problem whatsoever making myself available to the Nigerian Police if indeed their intention is/was to investigate an alleged complaint, arrest and/or prosecute me if found culpable
“I call on the United Kingdom, to intervene in the circumstance and prevail on the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Nigerian Police to immediately set aside the declaration made against me on the 3rd December, 2019, declaring me “a wanted person”, and to fully give effect to my fundamental human rights.
“I further call on the United Kingdom, to prevail on the Federal Government of Nigeria to set up an independent Investigative Panel to investigate the incident that occurred at my ancestral home in Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State, on the 2nd day of December, 2019.
“I finally crave the indulgence of the United Kingdom for a proactive oversight and intervention in the light of this obvious travesty of justice against me, in view of the extraordinary circumstances prevailing in the case”.
CBN Returns Over N60bn Excess Bank Charges To Customers
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Thursday announced that it has recovered over N60 billion from banks as excessive charges imposed on customers.
The CBN Director of Corporate Communications, Mr. Isaac Okoroafor who attended a two-day customer sensitization forum in Owerri said the recovery of the excess bank charges was made possible through the bank’s Consumer Protection Department.
According to him, the amount was recovered following complaints by 13,000 customers over excess and illegal charges on their accounts by banks.
Okoroafor stated that the Apex Bank was determined to ensure that no bank customer was cheated with excessive charges from their banks.
He revealed that the CBN adopted an inter-mediation strategy to monitor the banks and ensure they did not misuse customer’s deposits. The bank also said it has equally returned the same amount to the affected customers.
Speaking on CBN’s development function, Okoroafor said, “We want to stop inflation in the economy by ensuring that prices of food items don’t keep rising at every turn. That’s why we made loans available with single digits interest rate.”
He also stated: “We will also provide high yielding seedlings as well as extension services to the farmers. We’ll equally provide them with the processors or off takers who will buy off their farm products immediately after harvest. This will create the best value chain for everyone.
If we face cassava for instance in the South-east alone, we will create at least one million jobs here.
Our intention is to bring back farm settlements across the country as it used to be in the past. That’s the easiest way of building our economy,”
Rivers Remains My Priority — Wike
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has reiterated his commitment to the development of the state.
Wike spoke when the leadership of ‘One Million Youths for New Rivers State’ visited him at the Government House in Port Harcourt. He said he was working to place Rivers on the top.
He said: “My commitment is to Rivers State. My focus is on whatever will make Rivers a leader among the comity of states. We are working to have a positive impact on the people’s lives.
“No party is above the interest of Rivers State; any party without the interest of Rivers will not have any connection with me. That does not mean that I don’t have the interest of my party, but Rivers State is paramount.”
The governor assured youths that many of them would be captured in the next set of appointments by his administration. He admonished them to remain loyal and not allow busy body politicians mislead them.
“Loyalty by the stomach is not full loyalty. I urge you to remain faithful to the state. Don’t allow busy body politicians make you do what you are not supposed to do”, he added.
National Coordinator of the youth movement and Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly Ehie Edison said the vision of the One Million Youths for New Rivers State is beyond elections, hence they were working to empower youths.
He said: “The vision of One Million Youths for New Rivers State is beyond elections, it is centred on improving the leadership skills of Rivers youths…
“In practical demonstration, we immediately launched a N2 million youth empowerment scheme for 10 youths from two councils at N200,000 per person, solely for small scale business support.”
Edison added that the group created an education and health department to cater for registered members. He urged the governor to support them with additional funds to empower more youths across the 23 councils.
US Murderer Is Executed By Electric Chair For Killing A Rapist Inmate
A convicted murderer was put to death in Tennessee’s electric chair Thursday, becoming the fifth prisoner over 16 months to choose electrocution over the state’s preferred method of lethal injection.
Sutton was served his last meal about three hours before his execution on Thursday evening. He ordered fried pork chops, mashed potatoes with gravy and peach pie with vanilla ice cream, the Tennessee Department of Correction said. Death row inmates typically have a $20 limit for their last meal.
Nicholas Sutton, 58, was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, the Tennessee Department of Correction said.
Sutton who got married to his wife Reba in 1994 while in prison, gave a statement after he was strapped into the chair, thanking his wife, family, and friends for supporting him and saying Jesus Christ “fixed me.”
“I’m just grateful to be a servant of God, and I’m looking forward to being in his presence,” Sutton said as witnesses looked on.
”I have had the privilege of being married to the finest woman, who is a great servant to God,’ he continued.
‘Without her, I would not have made the progress that I have made. I hope I do a much better job in the next life than I did in this one.
Sutton was sentenced to death in 1986 for killing fellow inmate Carl Estep in a conflict over a drug deal while both were incarcerated in an East Tennessee prison, where he had been serving time for his grandmother Dorothy Sutton, his high school friends John Large and Charles Almon – in 1979, when he was 18 years old.
As prison guards were on a shift change on January 15, Sutton and Thomas Street entered Estep’s cell and stabbed him 38 times in the chest and neck with two homemade knives, prosecutors said.
One of the inmates also said Estep was a marijuana dealer at the facility who had sold the men ‘bad merchandise’ and refused to refund their money. He testified that after the men took Estep´s watch, Estep threatened to kill Sutton.
In 1986, a Morgan County Criminal Court jury convicted Sutton of first-degree murder and sentenced him to death. Street was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. A third man who was accused of taking part in the attack was acquitted.
Estep’s oldest daughter has said Sutton did her family a favor when he killed her father, who she describes as an ‘evil man’.
Rosemary Hall said that her father, who was jailed for raping her stepsister when he died, set their house on fire and deliberately caused a traffic accident that killed her baby sister.
She described his death as a blessing. ‘To say that was the best day of my life is an understatement,’ she said in a statement that was included in Sutton´s clemency petition.
‘I felt as though a 100-pound weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I thought to myself, ‘There is a God!”
Sutton’s supporters, including several family members of his victims and prison workers, had asked Governor Bill Lee to commute his sentence, saying Sutton had rehabilitated himself in prison and was not the same man who first entered prison 40 years ago. But Lee declined their plea and said he would not intervene in the execution.
Anti-death penalty activist Dan Mann said he and another activist had intercepted the governor on the way to work Tuesday and prayed with him. “He asked us to pray for him because it was such a difficult decision,” Mann said.
Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court were also denied on Thursday evening. The justices, in an emailed statement, gave no explanation for their decision not to step in, according to The Associated Press.