There was tension and palpable fear in Umuahia, Abia State on Tuesday as armed soldiers from the Nigerian Army laid siege on the Afaraukwu country home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
It was gathered that the well armed soldiers arrived the community on Tuesday with about 10 Armoured Carrier Vehicles and seven Hilux vans.
The development, according to PUNCH, has caused panic in the area, forcing shop owners to close immediately.
Some of the soldiers also 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.
The Chairman of Council 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.
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.
Reports have also been gathered that some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are currently heading to the home of their leader Nnamdi Kanu to confront soldiers of the Nigerian military.
This move by the IPOB members follows a recent siege laid by the troops of the Nigerian military in Afara Ukwu, the hometown of the IPOB leader.
The group members were seen in thousands heading to Kanu’s home.
IPOB members were seen in their thousands heading to Kanu’s home. Photo credit: Facebook, Emeka Gift
This move by IPOB members follows a recent siege laid by the troops of the Nigerian military. Photo credit: Facebook, Emeka Gift
Sources: Punchng.com, Naij.com