Biafra! Army Denies Invasion of IPOB leader Kanu’s home

The army has debunked allegations trending on the social media  that soldiers invaded the residence of Leader of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) and killed some of supporters of the group. 
Deputy Director, Public Relations, 14 Brigade Nigerian Army, Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi said in a statement that the report was fictitious. 
He said: “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, today (yesterday).”
According to Gbadamosi, “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. 
“The public is kindly enjoined to disregard the rumours going round and the fictitious photographs of purported victims of attack. 
“Both the soldier and 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 such falsehood. 
“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 stated. 
 
Recall that the Army recently launched Operation Egwu EKe (Python Dance) in the South East, increasing its presence there to curb crime, a move which received criticism from some quarters.

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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