The Nigerian Army has denied invading, attacking or killing any individual in the Afaraukwu home of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
This is contained in a statement released by Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi, the Assistant Director Army Public Relations 14 Brigade Nigerian Army.
The statement is a swift reaction to reports that the army attacked and allegedly killed five people in the palace of the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu, who is also Kanu’s father.
In the statement, the army instead accuses IPOB youths of blocking its passage, pelting the tank and officials with stones and broken bottles and only dispersing after warning shots were fired into the air.
The army insists no one died though a soldier, Corporal Kolawole Matthew, and a female passerby were injured by the pelted stones and broken bottles.
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 (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.
The troops fired warning shots in the air and the hoodlums dispersed. No life was lost.Ther
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.