Published On: Mon, Sep 11th, 2017

Army Denies Attacking Nnamdi Kanu, Says No Life Lost In Afaraukwu

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By Sadiq Umar – The Nigerian Army has dismissed claims by the separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that its personnel attacked and killed five in Afaraukwu, Umuahia, Abia State  home of IPOB leaders, Nnamdi Kanu, saying it is a “fictitious news”

The Army, in a statement Sunday said its men were pelted with stones and broken bottles during a parade in the town, adding that its men then fired some warning shots to disperse hoodlums and that no life was lost.

IPOB’s spokesman Emma Powerful, in a statement Sunday night said five people were killed and about 30 others injured when gunmen suspected to be soldiers allegedly attacked the country home of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

“We did not clash with anybody or group. The attackers wore Nigerian soldiers and Nigeria Police uniforms and came to kill our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in his compound at Afaraukwu, Umuahia and started shooting sporadically and killed five people and up to thirty other people had bullet wounds.

But in a swift reaction Sunday night, Deputy spokesman of the 14 Brigade, Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi, in a statement denied the claims.

“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,” the Army stated.

Adding that: “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 hoodlums dispersed. No life was lost.”

Mr. Kanu, who is facing treason charges, has been talking tough against plan by government to revoke his bail.

Already the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has filed a revocation motion stating that the IPOB leader has violated his bail conditions.

Hearing on the motion is fixed for October.



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