News reaching NewsBitsng.com has it that a detachment of soldiers from the Nigerian Army has arrived the hometown of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and as a matter of fact surrounded the Afaraukwu country home of Kanu.
The soldiers we gathered, arrived the community barely 48 hours after the clash between the Army and IPOB members on Sunday evening, which left three people injured. Recall that the Army Spokesman, Major General John Enenche said on Channels Television after the Sunday fracas that the army’s presence in the area had nothing to do with IPOB. He said the army were “just passing” through the area in a routine display.
The latest military arrival in Kanu’s hometown saw a detachment in ten armoured personnel carriers and seven Toyota Hilux vehicles. The development, according to reports has caused panic in the area, forcing shop owners among other activities in the area to shut down.
Meanwhile, in their usual overzealous nature, some of the soldiers also invaded the Abia State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Aba Road, Umuahia, and destroyed laptops, iPads and other valuables. Witnesses at the secretariat said the soldiers claimed they saw somebody taking photographs of them from the building.
John Emejor, a journalist 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. 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.”
The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 14 Brigade, Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi, has also confirmed the incident. He said he had asked the chairman of the Council to send the photograph of the damaged office to him.