Following the announcement by the Nigerian Army of the successful capture of one Awurum Eze, who is reportedly an IPOB second-in-command and ESN leader, Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), leader Nnamdi Kanu, has finally revealed the ‘Deputy Commanders’ of the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
According to a statement on Wednesday by the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Mohammed Yerima, the IPOB commander was arrested by security operatives in Aba, Abia State.
Yerima said Eze is understood to be the only one apart from the late Ikonso who has a direct line of communication with Kanu.
“The 48-year old, 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 2021, in Aba after weeks of unrelenting follow-ups by operatives.”
“Mr 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.” Yerima said.
Reacting to the development, Kanu said that the Governors of Ebonyi and Enugu states, Dave Umahi and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi are ‘ESN Deputy Commanders’.
In a tweet via his Twitter handle on Thursday, the IPOB leader noted that Eze was not a member of the group, adding that he is too old to be part of ESN.
Kanu, however, berated the army for using a picture of him and Eze to justify the arrest.
He tweeted; “Since standing beside or taking a photo with me makes you an #ESN “deputy commander”, perhaps the very preeminent & foremost constitutional lawyer, Prof. Nwabueze, @DaveUmahi, & Gov. Ugwuanyi are all #ESN deputy commanders.
“@HQNigerianArmy exhibiting their usual idiocy. #ZOO”