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Army Surrounds IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu’s Home, Attack Journalists
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Army Surrounds IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu’s Home, Attack Journalists

Eniola Awokoya

Eniola Awokoya

Crisis is currently brewing in Abia state, as thousands of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, gathered in tippers, buses and other cars from different South-East states are seen heading to the home of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu in Umuhia, the Abia state capital.

Army Surrounds IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu’s Home, Attack Journalists

This is just as a detachment of the Nigerian army have surrounded the Afaraukwu home of Kanu with about 10 Armoured Carrier Vehicles and seven Hilux vans.

Army Surrounds IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu’s Home, Attack Journalists

Some of the soldiers have also reportedly invaded the Abia State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists on Aba Road, Umuahia, and destroyed laptops and other valuables.

According to journalists at the secretariat, the soldiers claimed they saw somebody taking photographs of them from the building.

Army Surrounds IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu’s Home, Attack Journalists

Army vehicles in front of Kanu’s home

The Chairman of the NUJ in the state Mr. John Emejor has confirmed the incident.

Emejor who expressed disappointment over the incidents said a National officer of the Union Ezeogo Bonny Okoro was slapped by one of the Soldiers.

Army Surrounds IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu’s Home, Attack Journalists

He said, “Our press centre was invaded by soldiers, two Journalists lost their IPads and phones, while a national leader in the office was attacked.

“Our stand is that those involved in this attack on innocent Journalists should be fished out and punished in line with the constitution of the Country.”

When contacted the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 14 Brigade, Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi, confirmed the incident.

He said he had asked the chairman of the Council to send the photograph of the damaged office to him.