The Nigerian Army has denied invading the home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in Abia State on Sunday, saying it was Biafran members that attacked them with stones and broken bottles to the point of injuring a soldier and a civilian.
This came after reports by IPOB members that the home of their leader was raided which left some injured. Click HERE for an earlier report of how a Biafran was shot.
In reaction to the incident, the army said it was the IPOB members that attacked them before they fired warning shots in the air to disperse them.
The army in a statement by Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi, Assistant Director Army Public Relations, on Sunday said: “The attention of 14 Brigade Nigerian Army, has been drawn to fictitious news going round especially on the social media that troops have invaded the home of Nnamdi Kanu and killed 3 persons.
“This is far from the truth. Rather, it was a group of suspected IPOB militants that blocked the road against troops of 145 Battalion while on show of force along FMC-Word Bank Road in Umuahia town, Abia State at about 6.00-6.30pm, today. They insisted that the military vehicles would not pass and started pelting the soldiers with stones and broken bottles to the point of injuring an innocent female passerby and a soldier, Corporal Kolawole Mathew.
“The troops fired warning shots in the air and the hoodlooms dispersed. No life was lost.
“Therefore the public are kindly enjoined to disregard the rumours going round and the fictitious photographs of purported victims of attack. Both the soldier and the innocent female passerby have been evacuated to the unit’s Medical Inspection Room and are receiving treatment.
“We would like to use this opportunity to warn mischief makers threatening the peace and security of the country through falsehood such as above.
“Members of the public are please requested to go about their lawful business and report any suspicious activity to the nearest police station or security outfit.
“You are please requested to disseminate this information to the public through your medium.
“Thank you for your kind cooperation.”