Biafra:suspected soldiers attack Nnamdi Kanu’s home as Many IPOB Members injured

The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia State has alleged a plot by security agencies in the state to eliminate their leader and Director of Radio Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

IPOB media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful told Vanguard that Soldiers in three patrol vans and an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC] drove into the palace of the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu, who is the father of Nnamdi and started shooting people and injured many IPOB supporters at the country home of their leader (Kanu) at Afara Ukwu Ibeku, Umuahia, the state capital.

They alleged that they had before the foiled invasion got information from a source that the army authorities in the state have concluded plans to come and abduct Kanu since the court was yet to reverse his bail.

In a telephone conversation with The Nation, Kanu said that the attack began at about 6:30pm when soldiers, who he claimed came to kill him started shooting sporadically as they got to the main entrance of his residence, adding that many people were wounded

 Kanu, who described the incident as “crude show of power,” urged his followers to remain calm.

Army Public Relations Officer, 14 Brigade Ohafia, Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi refuted the allegations, adding that soldiers were on routine patrol in the area and did not shoot at IPOB supporters.

Gbadamosi said that IPOB members attacked and injured soldiers.

Confirming that there was an incident in Kanu’s residence, Abia state commissioner of police Adeleye Oyebade said: “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.”

Abia state commissioner of police Adeleye Oyebade said: “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.”

According to Secretary of the Eastern Consultative Assembly, Evangelist Elliot Uko, wondered if the attack was a prelude to the Operation Python Dance 11 that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, has planned to carry out in the South-East.

MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu,said “The operation python dance or Egwu-eke in Biafran land is act of frustration from Nigerian government and the Chief of Army Staff, who has failed to capture the Boko-Haram leader, Shekau on the stipulated date given to him.

“It is unfortunate that Chief of Army Staff and his troop have failed to restore peace in North East where Boko-Haram has been in control for many years now. ‘’Nigerian security agents have failed to arrest Alhaji Yerima Shetima of Arewa youths and the sponsors for the quit notice they issued to Ndigbo, yet they are busy hunting for those that are not hunting them or disturbing them in any way.”

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