Monday, 11 September 2017

Photos: Nigerian Army Did Not Attack Anybody Nor Kill Anyone - Army Deny Invading Nnamdi Kanu's Home

Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has accused the Nigerian Army of an attempt to kill him over his resolve not to abandon the agitation for the actualisation of a state of Biafra. 

Speaking with Daily Sun, on telephone, against the backdrop of an alleged invasion of his home at Afara Ukwu, Umuahia, where one person was allegedly killed and scores injured, when soldiers, who arrived the IPOB leader’s home at about 6.30pm, yesterday, shot sporadically, said the soldiers’ sole aim was to kill him. 

Narrating the incident,  Kanu said he was resting, at about 6.30pm, yesterday, when one of his relatives drew his attention to heavy presence of soldiers at the main entrance to his family home. 

He said before anyone could know what was happening; the soldiers started shooting sporadically and, in the process, wounded so many people within the vicinity. 

He described the incident as “crude show of power on innocent and defenceless people of Biafra,” but called on members “to remain calm.” 

Meanwhile, Kanu’s younger brother Emmanuel, has said any attempt to kill his elder brother will spell doom for the country. 

Reacting to alleged soldiers’ invasion of their home in Umuahia, Nigerian army released a statement saying:

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.
Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi
Assistant Director Army Public Relations
14 Brigade Nigerian Army

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