Security agencies have arrested Awurum Eze, one of the wanted leaders of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), believed to have masterminded the recent killings in Imo State.
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According to a statement by Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, Director, Army Public Relations the Nigerian Army, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) henchman, is the second in command to the late ESN commander, Ikonso, who was killed by troops two weeks ago.
Yerima said Eze is one of the few members that maintains direct link with the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
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“The Second in Command to the neutralised IPOB/ESN Terrorist leader Ikonso, Awurum Eze, has been arrested by security operatives in Aba, Abia State,” he said.
“The 48 years old Awurum Eze, a native of Umoneke Nta, Isiala-Mbano LGA, Imo State, had on the 4th of May 2021 escaped when operatives of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) stormed his village house in Isiala Mbano where he was hiding.
“Intensive manhunt was thereafter launched towards tracing and arresting him. He was eventually apprehended on Wednesday, 12 May 2022, in Aba after weeks of unrelenting follow-ups by operatives.
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“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.
“Investigation by the combined team of security operatives continues”.