…Police: No one died
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has accused the army of trying everything possible to invade his home at Isiama Afaraukwu as well as making attempts to provoke his supporters into violence which is not part of their culture.
Kanu also accused the Chief of Army Staff Gen Tukur Buratai and his soldiers of trying to bring war to provoke his people to the level of carrying arms so that they will turn around to say that Nnamdi Kanu is leading a violent group.
Speaking with newsmen while showing them areas where soldiers fires some shots Kanu said that what the soldiers are trying to do is to provoke his supporters so that they could turn around to say that he want to start war in the country.
Kanu said that he does not want any form of war, “What I want is freedom and I am convinced that self-determination through referendum is the only way to settle this dispute once and for all so that everyone would be happy”.
He said, “The Nigerian military and the police have perfected the act of lying and unfortunately some of you in the media have allowed them to get away with it which should not be so”.
The IPOB leader who narrated what happened said that when the soldiers came around with the Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), they left the main road and turned towards his father’s compound, “My people resisted their attempt to come in to our compound”.
Kanu said they (soldiers) came to intimidate and harass innocent and unarmed people, stressing that they killed two people and injured several others in during melee.
He said that the soldiers turned around to say that they were patrolling around the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) road, “Please let he ask you if there is any FMC road around here, these people can lie, if you look at the video that have gone viral you will see houses around here in that video”.
The IPOB leader who described Nigeria as a totalitarian state, adding that those were injured have been kept in a secured place to avoid the military from attempting to carry the people for punishment.
However, the Abia state Commissioner of Police (CP) Leye Oyebade has said that no one lost his or her life during the clash that happened between soldiers and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) close to the country home of Nnamdi Kanu at Afaraukwu Umuahia.
Speaking with The Nation at his office in Umuahia, Oyebade said that three people who sustained injuries which include a civilian woman, a police corporal who was on his away to buy phone airtime and an army officer have been treated and discharged at the police clinic.
Oyebade said that the military were on a patrol when the incident took place, “In Abia state all the security agencies work in synergy in the area of crime control and after the incident we have been able to beef up security in the state and things have returned to normal”.
The CP who broke a security meeting to speak The Nation used the forum to warn all forms of organization to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner so as not to trample on the fundamental human rights of others.
He said that he was in a meeting with some officers of the army from 14 brigade Ohafia and officers of the DSS, stressing that the meeting is on the way forward in the area of security within and around the state.
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