One Commander and six other militia members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been gunned down by security operatives in Imo.
A top commander of the Eastern Security Network, ESN identified as Ikonso, and six other members have been killed by security operatives.
The men were killed on Saturday, April 24, 2021 during an early morning raid on the ESN headquarters, at Awomama village, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.
According to Punch, three policemen and one army officer sustained serious bullet injuries during the exchange of gunfire with the militia members.
A security source, disclosed to the newspaper that Ikonso and his men were responsible for the attack on the Imo State Police headquarters and the Nigerian Custodial facility on April 5, 2021.
According to the source, “As the security forces approached the base of the insurgents, they came under rapid fire from the group. In a bold response, the joint security forces fought back gallantly.
“The forces eventually neutralized the overall commander of the insurgents in the South-East popularly known as Commander Ikonso and six other armed fighters of the insurgent group.
“Commander Ikonso is known as the Vice President- designate as well as the coordinator of all the militia operations of the group. He was the mastermind and coordinator of the attack on the Imo police headquarters and several other attacks on security and military personnel and facilities.”
The security team were reported to have recovered the remains of Ikonso and his fighters, including six AK47 rifles, hundreds of ammunition of different calibre, and charms.
In response to the killing, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has condemned the attack and angrily vowed to avenge the killing of the top commander of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, Ikonso, describing the death as very painful.
IPOB has accused Gov. Hope Uzodima of colluding with the security operatives to murder Ikonso for allegedly turning down the governor’s offer to head the Ebubeagu security outfit announced by South-East governors.
Saying that Uzodima had stirred the hornet nest and told him to get ready for “a sting”.
According to the statement;
IPOB ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, strongly condemn the unprovoked attack on some members of IPOB and ESN operatives at Oguta junction at Mgbidi, along Owerri road Onitsha expressway by a joint security force comprising the army, police and DSS operatives, with the support of Imo State Government.
The killing of the heroic innocent Biafrans protecting our communities and towns from Fulani terrorist herdsmen masquerading as cattle herders in cold blood is very painful.
Hope Uzodinma and all those who had a hand in this wickedness will pay dearly. Hope Uzodinma and his cowardly Nigerian security agencies cannot confront Fulani terrorists but only flex their muscles when they see Biafra agitators.
For murdering Ikonso, the ESN unit COMMANDER in a cold blood, Uzodima has stirred the hornet nest! He should get ready for a sting.
Uzodima allegedly decided to kill Ikonso because he refused his offer to head Ebubeagu ghost security outfit formed by South-East governors.
Uzodima has tried but without success to lure ESN operatives into EBUBEAGU. He had made irresistible offers to them which were turned down, hence his resorting to the elimination of these patriotic heroes who vowed never to betray Biafra.
Hope Uzodinma sent a lot of emissaries to beg Ikonso and other ESN officers to join EBUBEAGU security outfit. So, because of their refusal to betray Biafra agitation and our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the governor mobilized joint security forces to attack them today.
Contrary to claims by the cowardly security forces who flee from terrorists but kill innocent citizens, they were not able to penetrate into the camp of ESN. They only ambushed Ikonso but we promise them hell for this cowardly act!
Hope Uzodima has murdered sleep, so he should be ready to stay awake! FULANI terrorists pretending as cattle sellers in Enugu destroyed Police van and attacked Government officials on lawful duty with AK-47 but no Army, police or DSS attacked them till now.
But ESN operatives defending our communities against the terrorists are being hunted like games every day. The world has kept quiet over this atrocity until we begin our own madness.
May Chukwu Okike Abiama accept the souls of our gallant men. Biafra shall always remember them and other fallen heroes for their heroism