Some gunmen who are suspected militants of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Wednesday engaged some Nigerian Army troops around the palace of Eze Aro in the Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State in a gun duel.
According to Daily Trust, five of the gunmen fell to the superior firepower of the military.
The IPOB militants reportedly stormed the community to enforce “sit-at-home” order declared by the group.
It had previously asked residents of the state to always remain indoors anytime its leader, Nnamdi Kanu is being arraigned in the court.
Meanwhile, Kanu was arraigned on a seven-count charges at an Abuja court on Thursday where he pleaded not guilty.
A source said immediately residents of the area got news that the IPOB leader had been brought to court, they took to the streets in celebration.
It was also gathered that some IPOB members, who were also in a jubilant mood that Kanu was alive, contrary to several reports doubting the safety of the separatist leader, marched on the streets.
The suspected IPOB members on their arrival at the First Bank axis of the town exchanged gunfire with the soldiers.
The security source further revealed that five members of the pro-Biafra group bowed to the superior firepower of the troops.
He said the gunshots caused pandemonium in Arochukwu, as residents scuttled into nearby bushes.