According to the IPOB leader, the soldiers "in a crude show of power" began to shoot sporadically as soon as they move down closer to his family home and in the process injured many people.
Chief Olisa Metuh and the gubernatorial candidate of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Osita Chidoka, have condemned the fracas between the Nigerian Army and members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
"Our press center was invaded by soldiers, two journalists lost their IPads and phones, while a national leader in the office was attacked", he said.
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 was reacting to the alleged invasion of his residence in Abia by the army on Sunday which resulted in a mild clash between his supporters and the troops.
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".
When asked about the police's statement that 3 people were at their clinic receiving treatment for machete wounds, he said it was characteristic of the Nigerian Government to lie, and they should not be believed. 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.
In a swift response, the Army denied the claims in a statement issued on Sunday by the assistant director of public relations, 14 Brigade Nigerian Army, Ohafia, Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi. The troops fired warning shots in the air and the hoodlooms dispersed.
"This is far from the truth", the statement said, adding that it was the IPOB members who blocked the road against the soldiers who were on an armoured vehicle.
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