“Nigerian Army Tried To Kill Nnamdi Kanu” – IPOB Alleges
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has alleged that the Nigerian Army tried to kill its leader Nnamdi Kanu at his residence in Afara Ukwu Ibeku, Umuahia, the Abia state capital.
Comrade Emma Powerful who is the media and publicity secretary to Indigenous People of Biafra
IPOB, told Vanguard Newspapers that Nigerian Army came to attack Their leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s house with army and police uniform on their body.
According to Emma Powerful, the attackers who dressed in army and police uniform drove into the palace of the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu, who is the father of Nnamdi and started shooting people.
Emma Powerful said:
- “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. After attacking our people, they drove off. They came in five Hilux vans.”
Nnamdi Kanu said on a telephone conversation with The NATION that the attack at his residence in Abia state started at about 6:30pm when soldiers, who were sent to kill him started shooting sporadically as they got to the main entrance of his residence, adding that many people were wounded.
Nnamdi Kanu, who described the incident as “crude show of power,” urged his followers to remain calm.
BellaNaija reported that, the
Public Relations Officer of Nigerian Army, 14 Brigade Ohafia, Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi responded swiftly to the arrant accusations saying that the soldiers were on routine patrol in the area and did not shoot at IPOB supporters.
Gbadamosi said that IPOB members attacked and injured soldiers.
The state (Abia) commissioner of police, Mr Adeleye Oyebade confirmed the catastrophic incident at Nnamdi Kanu’s house in the state saying:
- “Unfortunately, a policeman on guard duties going to work was matcheted by the IPOB group, while a soldier man and a civilian were equally injured. All are being treated in the Police Clinic for minor injuries sustained. Normalcy has been restored, as our men are fully on ground, to ensure no further breach of the peace.”