Injured soldier, civilian

Agitators for Biafra were said to have blocked road, preventing the Nigerian soldiers on parade from passing, even as they threw stones, bottles and other objects, injuring a soldier and a civilian.
Narrating the incidence in a statement yesterday, the Assistant Director of Army Public Relations, 14 Brigade Nigerian Army, Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi said that the agitators confronted the soldiers of 145 Battalion who were on show of force along FMC-World Bank Road in Umuahia town, Abia State, but that the soldiers maintained level headedness by not retaliating even when one of them was hit by stone which the agitators hauled, thereby sustaining head injury.
Major Gbadamosi said that the Biafran agitators stood firmly on the road and insisted that the military vehicles would not pass.
“They started pelting the soldiers with stones and broken bottles to the point of injuring an innocent female passerby and a soldier, Corporal Kolawole Mathew.
“The troops fired warning shots in the air and the hoodlums dispersed. No life was lost.”
He said that both the soldier and the innocent female passerby that were injured by the Biafran agitators’ missiles have been evacuated to the unit’s Medical Inspection Room for treatment.
The Army spokesman was surprised that the news was later twisted to say that the soldiers invaded the home of Nnamdi Kanu and killed three persons, saying that this is far from the truth.
He asked members of the public to disregard the rumours going round and the fictitious photographs of purported victims of attack.
Major Gbadamosi however warned those he called mischief makers threatening the peace and security of the country through falsehood to desist in their own interest.
This is even as he advised members of the public to go about their lawful business with a request that they should report any suspicious activity to the nearest police station or security outfit for further action. [myad]