Nigeria army reacts to shooting at IPOB leader's home in Abia
- Nigerian army reacts to reports that soldiers allegedly invaded the home of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu
- Army in a statement said it was a group of suspected IPOB militants that blocked the road against troops of 145 Battalion
- Kanu's lawyer had alleged that 3 people died while over 20 were injured in the shootout
The Nigerian army has denied reports that it invaded the residence of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in Umuahia, Abia state.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Kanu's lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, alleged that soldiers laid a siege on the country home of the IPOB leader.
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However, Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi, the assistant director of public relations, 14 Brigade Nigerian Army in a statement denied reports that it invaded Kanu’s home or killed anybody.
Gbadamosi, said it was the residents that threw stones at the military officers.
Read the statement below:
"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."
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In an earlier report by Legit.ng, Abdulkadir Erkahraman a Turkish diplomat in reaction to the reports that Kanu's country home was allegedly invaded by soldiers said the Nigerian government is crossing the red line and wants to push Biafrans to arm struggle.
You can listen to this Legit.ng's exclusive chat with Nnamdi Kanu below: