The Nigerian Army has denied reports that troops invaded the residence of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu on Sunday.
In a statement, Assistant Director Army Public Relations, 14 Brigade Nigerian Army Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi described such reported attacks as fictitious.
He said,“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 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.”
Independent reports said the IPOB members constituted themselves into human shield to avert suspected attempt to arrest of Nnamdi Kanu.