Nigerian Army Denies Attack In Kanu’s Home, Accuses IPOB Of Pelting Them With Stones

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Lt. Gen. Tukru Buratai, COAS

Nigerian Army has denied attacking and killings of anybody in Afaraukwu, the home town of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Recall that IPOB Sunday night said that five people were feared dead and about 30 others injured when gunmen suspected to be soldiers allegedly attacked Nnamdi Kanu’s home.
According to IPOB, the attackers wore army and police uniforms and drove into the palace of the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu, who is the father of Nnamdi and started shooting people.
But the army in a statement on Sunday, signed by Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi, the Assistant Director Army Public Relations, 14 Brigade Nigerian Army, said that the report was far from the truth, adding that ‘it was a group of suspected IPOB militants that blocked the road against troops of 145 Battalion while on show of force along FMC-World Bank Road in Umuahia town, Abia State at about 6.00-6.30pm, Sunday
The army further said the IPOB militants 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.
The statement reads in full:
NIGERIAN ARMY DID NOT ATTACK ANYBODY NOR KILL ANYONE-ARMY.

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 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 any security agency.

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