BIAFRA: Many injured in Nigerian Army, IPOB clash
Scores of youths were allegedly injured, yesterday, as gunmen suspected to be soldiers, who came in Hilux Pick-up vans, allegedly attacked the Umuahia country home of leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The IPOB claimed, last night, that five people were killed and about 30 others were injured in the attack.
However, videos of the clash showing clubs and stone-wielding youths, who clashed with the troop, indicated that scores were injured.
One of the youths, who was shot on his right thigh was seen battling for life as his colleagues administered first aid.
*** Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu speaks on ‘invasion’ of residence by Nigerian Army
Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has accused the Nigerian Army of attempting to kill him over his determination to actualise Biafra.
He spoke after the alleged invasion of his home at Afara Ukwu, Umuahia, where some persons were allegedly killed and scores injured.
Soldiers reportedly stormed his home at about 6.30pm yesterday.
Kanu said they shot sporadically, adding that their sole aim was to take his life.
Narrating the incident to Daily Sun, Kanu recalled he was resting when one of his relatives drew his attention to heavy presence of soldiers at the main entrance to his family home.
He said within few minutes, “the soldiers started shooting sporadically and, in the process, wounded many people within the vicinity.
“Their action was a crude show of power on innocent and defenceless people of Biafra”.
Kanu, however, called on his members “to remain calm”.
Also reacting, Kanu’s younger brother Emmanuel, in his response, said any attempt to kill his elder brother will spell doom for the country.
*** Nigerian Army denies Biafra attack
The Nigerian army has denied reports that on Sunday it stormed the house where Nnamdi Kanu, leader of secessionist group the Indigenous of People of Biafra (IPOB), is staying.
Mr Kanu’s lawyer said that the army descended on the house and fired shots killing three people and injuring up to 10.
But in a statement, army spokesman Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi said it was his forces that were attacked, pelted with stones as they tried to pass close to the house.
He said a female passer-by and a soldier were injured in the clash but no-one was killed.
But videos circulating online yesterday evening showed a young man in civilian clothing, with what looks like a bullet wound in his leg being carried into a car outside the house.