The Nigerian army, on Sunday, allegedly invaded the home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, barely 24 hours after it announced the start of its second phase of Operation Python Dance II in the South-Eastern states.
According to newsmen, the military personnel, who stormed Kanu’s home with an armoured vehicle were resisted by some members of the pro-Biafra group.
Some IPOB were reportedly shot in the process.
According to the spokesman of IPOB, Emma Powerful, about five youths were killed and about 30 were injured.
“The Hausa Fulani soldiers and Police Nigerian uniforms 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 people with bullets wounds, after attacking our people they went off, they came with 5 hilux vans,” he said.
Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, also added that those who were wounded during the incident are currently receiving treatment in a nearby hospital in Umuahia.
Ejiofor stated, “The world should be immediately notified about the tension in Biafra land, created by the Government in power.
“We must adopt all know legal mechanism to resist the unconstitutional but violent approach in dealing with unarmed people merely operating within the confines of law. Buhari must be held responsible.
“We are ready to present our case once more before the international court of Justice.
“The families that lost their beloved ones in the last year may 29th violent attack by the military are yet to recover from the shock of losing their love ones. This situation must be arrested in time,” Ejiofor added.
Contrary to the allegations, the Abia state police command commissioner, Leye Oyebade, claimed that the soldiers were passing through Kanu’s residence when they were attacked by members of the IPOB.
“What happened was that the military was parading a new armoured carrier and passed through Nnamdi Kanu’s residence.
“It was while they were passing that some people threw stones and other things at them,” he stated.