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Army arrests suspected mastermind of Imo killings


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Awurum Eze, a leader of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) who is believed to have masterminded the recent killings in Imo State, has been arrested, the army said in a statement.

The statement, issued by the Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, said Eze is the second in command to the late ESN Commander, Ikonso, who was killed by troops a fortnight ago.

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It added that Eze is one of the few members with direct link to Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

“The 48-year-old Awurum Eze, a native of Umoneke Nta, Isiala-Mbano LGA, Imo State, had on May 4, 2021 escaped when operatives of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) stormed his village house in Isiala Mbano where he was hiding.

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“He was eventually apprehended on Wednesday, May 12, 2022, 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 said.

Many of the arrested IPOB /ESN terrorists had earlier mentioned him as their key sponsor, mastermind and Second in Command to late Ikonso.

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“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”.