JUST IN: Army Confirms Arresting Ikonso’s Second-In-Command
The Nigerian Army has arrested Awurum Eze, 48, the second-in-command to late leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Commander Ikonso.
Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima disclosed this in a Wednesday night statement.
According to the army spokesman, Eze was nabbed in Aba, Abia State, where he was hiding after evading arrest in his hometown, Umoneke Nta, Isiala-Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State on May 4.
He said that Eze was also a member of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), IPOB’s military wing.
Yerima disclosed that operatives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) attempted to arrest Eze in his hometown where he was hiding but he managed to escape.
He said that this caused an intensive manhunt to be launched to trace and arrest the IPOB henchman.
“He was eventually apprehended on Wednesday, 12 May 2022, in Aba after weeks of unrelenting follow-ups by operatives.
“Awurum Eze is one of the main sponsors of the numerous killings in Imo State and has been on the wanted list of security agents for more than 3 months. Many of the arrested IPOB/ESN terrorists had earlier mentioned him as their key sponsor, mastermind and second in Command to late Ikonso.
“According to them, amongst all their leaders in Imo State, only Ikonso and Awurum have direct communication link with Nnamdi Kanu. He can be seen in several photographs posing with the fugitive terrorist leader, Nnamdi Kanu,” the statement further read.