By Nwafor Okafor
For invading his Anambra house by security operatives during the burial of his brother in Oraifite, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of a Federal High Court in Awka, Anambra State has awarded the sum of N52 million in favour of Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel for the detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Justice Dimgba found that the security agents grossly violated his fundamental rights and consequently awarded the N50 million against the Police, Army and other security agencies, as compensation for the gross violation of his rights.
The Court also awarded N2 million as cost for the action still against the Police and Army, cumulatively N52 million.
Ejiofor in a statement issued on Friday titled: “Justice delayed is not always justice denied”, said his house was on December 2, 2019, invaded during the burial of his late elder brother, Rev. Chukwukpelum Louis Ejiofor, was invaded by a team of security agents comprising of the Nigerian Police and Army.
According to him, four persons were killed in his compound, and all the houses within his ancestral home including his brothers’ houses and neighbouring houses were burnt down.
Speaking about the judgement, Ejiofor said, “Justice Dimgba of Court No 2, Federal High Court Awka Judicial Division awarded me the sum of N50 million against the Police and Army and N2 million as cost for the action still against the Police and Army, cumulatively N52 million.
“I instituted a suit for the enforcement of my fundamental rights grossly violated by the said Security agents. The Federal High Court in Awka, Anambra State on Thursday, December 2 2021 delivered a well-considered judgment in my favour.
“The judgment may have been delayed, but the fact that the Court found that my rights were grossly infringed upon and condemnable, will go a long way to assuage the pains and trauma. I have been passing through over the past two years, on account of that terrible and heart-wrenching experience.”