Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
People of Oraifite town in Ekwusigo LGA have accused Barr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, a counsel to detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, of terrorising their community with IPOB.
They said Ejiofor has been in the habit of aiding insecurity, adding that he recruits youths of the community, and use them to perpetuate violence.
Speaking on behalf of the community leadership during a press conference, President General of the community, Mr Vin Dike said the town had suspended two cultural events because of the feared insecurity in the town.
According to him, “You may have read in the media recently about Barr Ifeanyi Ejiofor claiming that our son, Sir Emeka Offor plans to assassinate him.
“Those are all lies. We want to tell you that Barr Ifeanyi Ejiofor is the biggest problem we have in Oraifite. He is the cause of insecurity in our community, and he uses IPOB to terrorise us. Of course, you know that his best known address is that he is the counsel to Nnamdi Kanu.
“We called you here today to tell you that Oraifite as a community has decided to suspend until further notice two significant cultural festivals, Otu Eke and Otu Ube.
“This is because it has contributed to insecurity in the community, and today the council has decided to suspend it indefinitely.
“Ifeanyi Ejiofor has been seen as the enabler of violence in the community. He recruits youths who he uses for these things. We don’t blame the youths because one will see him as a model. What he uses these kids for does not settle well with us, so we have abolished the festivals.”
The community called on the Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, to ignore a petition by Ejiofor, which accused Offor of planning to assassinate him. They also called on the IG to investigate his involvement in insecurity in the State.
Reacting, Ejiofor denied the allegations, saying: “Those accusing me of any wrong do not represent the voice of Oraifite community but they are simply Emeka Offor’s puppets for his selfish interests.”