The Nigerian Army in conjunction with other security agencies have arrested the mastermind of killings in Imo state Awurum Eze and the Second in Command to the former Indegeneous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) leader Ikonso.
A statement by Army spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Mohammad Yerima on Wednesday said , 48-year-old Eze, a native of Umoneke Nta, Isiala-Mbano LGA, Imo state was arrested by security operatives in Aba, Abia state. Yerima said he 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.
The statement said: “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. “