The Nigerian Army on Wednesday, says that its operatives have apprehended one of the most wanted leaders of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), identified as Awurum Eze, in the commercial town of Aba in Abia State.
The Army also said that Eze masterminded the recent killings of security operatives in Imo State.
According to a statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, CRIMECHANNELS gathered that Eze is the second in command to the late Ikonso, an ESN Commander who was killed by a joint team of security operatives in Owerri.
Yerima revealed that Eze is one of those IPOB fighters who has direct contact with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kalu.
Part of the statement reads, “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”.
Yerima further stated that, investigations by the combined team of security operatives will continue henceforth until they apprehend other members of the illegal group.