Army denies attacking Nnamdi Kanu’s supporters

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The Nigerian Army has denied attacking anyone near the home of secession advocate, Nnamdi Kanu, in Umuahia, Abia State.

The Army, in a press statement on Sunday, urged Nigerians to disregard reports to that effect in the social media.

In the statement, entitled: “Nigerian Army did not attack anybody nor kill anyone,” the force said that on the contrary it was Kanu’s aides that pelted its men with stones.

However, the Force admitted firing warning shots, which it said did not kill anyone.

The statement was signed by Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi. the Assistant Director Army Public Relations, 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army.

Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been having a running battle with the Nigerian government over his demand.

Gbadamosi’s statement read:

“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 (sic) 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.”

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