By; AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The Nigerian Army has debunked reports that the residence of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nazi Nnamdi Kanu was invaded, resulting to the death of three people.
The denial came in a statement signed by the Assistant Director Army Public Relations 14 Brigade Nigerian Army, Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi.
“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 three 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, on Sunday ” it informed.
The statament explained that 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,* it warned.
The Army called on the members of the public to go about their lawful business and report any suspicious activity to the nearest police station or security outfit.