The “second- in -commander to the late leader of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) Ikonso , Awurum Eze has been apprehended by the Nigerian army. The Army spokesman Mohammed Yerima has disclosed in a statement on Wednesday.
The development is coming just weeks after Ikonso, identified as the IPOB militia deputy commander, was killed after a raid on the hideout of the ESN in Imo state.
According to Yerima, the 48-year-old Eze, is a native of Umoneke Nta, Isiala-Mbano LGA of Imo, and had escaped during the previous raid that led to the death of Ikonso.
The army spokesman added that security operatives had been on Eze’s trail, before he was arrested on Wednesday in Aba.
“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 three months,” the statement reads.
“Many of the arrested IPOB/ESN terrorists had earlier mentioned him as their key sponsor, mastermind and Second in Command to late Ikonso.
The army also confirmed that 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.”