The Nigerian Army has vehemently denied reports that it invaded the residence of the self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, nor killing his supporters in Abia State.
This reaction followed claims by supporters of the IPOB leader on Sunday that some soldiers opened fire on the residents who came out on sighting an armoured vehicle, injuring some people in the process.
However, the 14 Brigade Nigerian Army, Ohafia, account that the acclaimed was not true, instead it was the residents that threw stones and bottles at the military officers in Umuahia, the state capital.
He said troops fired warning shots in the air to disperse the protesters, stating that no life was lost but confirmed it that soldier and the passerby have been evacuated to the unit’s Medical Inspection Room and where they are receiving treatment.
A statement issued by Assistant Director Army Public Relations, 14 Brigade, Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi, reads as follows:
“The reports that army officers invaded Kanu’s home or killed anybody is false.”
“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 o a show of force along FMC-Word Bank Road in Umuahia town, Abia State at about 6.00-6.30pm, today, Sunday evening.”
“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,” he said.
“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,” Oyegoke said.
Check the picture of the injured officer & the passer-by below: