The Nigerian Navy says six suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been killed throughout a gun battle at Awkuzu in Anambra state on Monday, August 9.
Commander Officer of Naval Outpost in Onitsha, Adekunle Okeniyi, in an announcement additionally described as false the alleged killing of two of its personnel throughout the incident.
Okeniyi stated the pro-Biafra group attacked the troops however have been repelled.
The assertion learn, “The attention of the Naval Outpost, Onitsha has been drawn to some false publications that on the 9th August 2001, two naval personnel were killed at Awkuzu during a gun duel with suspected Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Anambra state.
“The Naval Outpost Onitsha clearly refutes this fake news and wishes to state categorically that none of our own personnel suffered any casualty during the gun duel.
“Rather, the troops fought gallantly and were able to repel the attack which resulted in the loss of six suspected IPOB members while others suffered serious injury.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Naval Outpost Onitsha calls for an immediate halt to the circulation of this fake news and wishes to advise the general public to disregard this fake news.”
IPOB had on July 30 ordered sit-at-home within the South-East each Monday, till Nnamdi Kanu, its chief, is launched from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The proscribed group had stated the lockdown tagged ‘Ghost Monday’ would additionally have an effect on colleges and marketplaces.
The sit-at-home was noticed within the South-East on Monday and IPOB has introduced that the directive will stand until Kanu is launched.