The Nigerian Army has confirmed the arrest of another top commander of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The IPOB personnel, identified as Awurum Eze is the second in command to the late IPOB/ESN militant leader Ikonso Don.
He was arrested by security operatives in Aba, Abia State, Infoexpert24 understands according to a statement on Wednesday by the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Mohammed Yerima.
According to him, Mr Eze is the assistant to the late Ikonso, the ESN commander, who was killed weeks back in a gunfire exchange with security agents.
In the statement on Wednesday, the Army said Mr Eze was one of the main sponsors of the recent coordinated attacks on security agents in Imo State.
The statement also said Mr Eze and the late Ikonso had direct link with the leader of the IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
Read full statement by the Army:
SECURITY FORCES ARREST ANOTHER IPOB/ESN TERRORISTS’ HENCHMAN
The Second in Command to the neutralised IPOB/ESN Terrorist leader Ikonso, Awurum Eze, has been arrested by security operatives in Aba, Abia State.
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.
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.
Director Army Public Relations
May 12, 2021