The Nigerian security operatives said to have arrested the second in command of the IPOB’s Eastern Security Network (ESN), Awurum Eze.
Awurum Eze, according to reports is one of the most wanted leaders of the ESN, who the military believed to have masterminded the recent killings in Imo State.
A statement by the Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, stated that Eze is the second in command to the late ESN Commander, Ikonso, who was killed by troops a fortnight ago.
The statement informed Eze is one of the few members that maintains direct link with the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The statement added: “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”.