Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has reacted to reports that the Nigerian Army has arrested the Deputy Commander of the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
Describing the report as a blatant lie and cheap propaganda, Kanu argued that the man allegedly arrested by the Nigerian Army was too old to be recruited into the ESN, let alone be Ikonso’s deputy.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima had on Wednesday night said the Nigerian Army arrested the ESN Deputy Commander, Awurum Eze in Aba, Abia State.
Meanwhile, Kanu who reacted in a statement by IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, said Awurum was handed over to the Nigerian forces as an ESN Commander after a misunderstanding with a traditional ruler.
“The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ably led by our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, read with utter amusement, media reports of claims by the Nigeria Army that it arrested Ikonso’s Second in Command in Aba. This is a blatant lie and cheap propaganda to lay false claims to imaginary military prowess.
“The said man is not an operative of ESN. Such a man is too old to be recruited into ESN, let alone be Ikonso’s Second in Command.
“That you ambushed Ikonso with the help of some traitors did not mean you have crushed ESN. Stop claiming what you have not done in your bid to win public accolades. If you arrest or kill Ikonso’s second in Command we will not hesitate to admit it just the same way we did not deny the murder of Ikonso,” Kano said.