The Nigerian Army says the second in command to Ikonso, the neutralised Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) terrorist leader, has been arrested by security operatives in Aba, Abia State.
The alleged IPOB and ESN second in command was identified as Awurum Eze.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima on Wednesday in Abuja. Further, Yerima said the 48-year-old Eze; a native of Umoneke Nta, Isiala-Mbano Local Government Area of Imo, had on May 4, escaped when operatives of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) stormed Isiala Mbano where he was hiding.
Thereafter, an intensive manhunt was launched towards tracing and arresting him.
Specifically, he revealed that Eze, the IPOB and ESN operative was eventually apprehended on Wednesday 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…He has been on the wanted list of security agents for more than three 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,” he said.