IPOB Lawyer’s Personal Assistant, Samuel Uzo Okoro, popularly known as Biggy is dead!
Nigerian Soldiers shot and killed the IPOB Lawyer’s Personal Assistant, Samuel Uzo Okoro, took his corpse and four relatives away to an undisclosed location. Reports has it that during the early hours of Sunday, the 6th of June, 2021 some soldiers and policemen laid a siege at lawyer’s IPOB house.
Further report says that in cause of the invasion, the soldiers shot and killed the lawyer’s Personal Assistant, identified as Samuel Uzo Okoro, also known as Biggy. It was also gathered that the soldiers put his corpse in the boot of a vehicle belonging to the lawyer, along with few others and took them away. An update provided by civil society organization, the International Society for Civil Liberty and Rule of Law, confirmed that four of the lawyer’s relatives were taken away by the military men too. A source in the organization said, “Earlier this morning, his house was invaded by armed soldiers, joined by the police, Department of State Services and civil defense operatives. The invading security operatives jumped the perimeter fence of the compound after cutting its security cable and shooting in different directions. “The respected human rights lawyer who is also the principal attorney to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and several other groups and individuals, was unable to be tracked and abducted or instantly shot dead because he was hiding somewhere in his house. “The invading government security operatives did not spare the life of the lawyer’s Personal Assistant, Samuel Uzo Okoro (Biggy), who was shot and killed inside his compound. The late Samuel Okoro had woken up as a result of noises and gunshots to find out what was going on when soldiers shot and killed him instantly. Been unable to locate the lawyer and having shot and killed his PA, Samuel Okoro, the soldiers and others carried his corpse in the boot of a Camry car belonging to Barr Ifeanyi Ejiofor and ordered his chief driver (fondly called ‘Papa’ or ‘Elder’) to drive the car and follow them with the corpse. “The invading government security operatives also abducted Barr Ejiofor’s elder brother, Joel Ejiofor and the lawyer’s two domestic workers, named Ugochukwu and Chikezie and bundled them away. “The lawyer’s elder brother, Joel was later pushed out of one of the hilux vans at Ojoto en route Awka, Anambra State and he has since returned alive and unhurt. “The invading soldiers and other security operatives were also found to have been mobilized from Abuja and Anambra State and from the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha. The police, DSS and Civil Defense operatives came from Anambra State and Abuja.” The reason for this invasion could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report but it might be connected with the lawyer’s legal assistance to the separatist group, IPOB.
According to a statement by IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful on Sunday morning, the security forces shot sporadically before taking away the lawyer. “Barrister Ejiofor’s house been invaded by Fulani Jihadists soldiers now and they want to eliminate him, the world must hear the evil Nigeria and her security agencies are committing. Is it an offense for someone to defend IPOB? Barrister Ejiofor is doing his job as a lawyer; where in the world would a legal practitioner be harassed because he represents an organization? “The Nigerian Army invaded and burnt his house on 2nd December 2019 and killed more than 10 people. After that, they were still trailing and harassing him. The whole world must hear this because Nigerian government must get what they are looking for from IPOB,” as stated in the group’s press release.