Following the claim by the self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, of his residence invasion by the Nigerian Army in Abia State.
The Nigerian Army has denied any report of invading Kanu’s residence and also claims by his supporters saying that on Sunday, some soldiers opened fire on the residents who came out on sighting an Armoured Personnel Carrier.
The 14 Brigade Nigerian Army, Ohafia, however, said it was the residents that threw stones at the military officers.
The assistant director of public relations, Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi, in a statement, denied any reports of invading Nnamdi Kanu residence.
“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).
“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,”
Major Gbadamosi said the troops fired warning shots into the air to disperse the protesters and stating that no life was lost.
“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,” Gbadamosi said.
The Major stated that both civilians and personnel have been moved to the unit’s Medical Inspection Room in Umuahia, the state capital, where they are receiving treatment.
Also confirming the incident is the Abia State Police Command in a statement issued by Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna, saying a policeman was also injured during the clash.
“During the clash, a policeman was given machete cut on his head and back; one of the soldiers on the military APC, attached to FOB Umuahia, was injured in his left wrist and one Mrs. Grace Nwokeukwu of Umuobasi lsiama Afara, Umuahia also had a matchet cut on the head.
“All the victims were taken to Police Clinic Umuahia for treatment, while the situation has since been brought under control without any loss of life,” Ogbonna said.