The leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has reacted to a statement by the army that it has arrested the deputy commander to Ikonso, the late commander of the outlawed Eastern Security Network (ESN), Awurum Eze.
VANTAGE NEWS reported that the army in a statement issued by Brig Gen Mohammed Yerima, said Awurum, who is from Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State was arrested in Aba, Abia State.
Yerima in the statement said Awurum had on the 4th of May 2021 escaped when operatives of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) stormed his village house in Isiala Mbano where he was hiding, adding that “He was eventually apprehended on Wednesday, 12 May 2022, in Aba after weeks of unrelenting follow-ups by operatives.”
He added that Awurum “can be seen in several photographs posing with the fugitive terrorist leader, Nnamdi Kanu.”
Reacting to the report, Nnadi Kanu said that taking pictures with him does not make someone his deputy commander.
Kanu, in a tweet, posted a picture he took alongside the governors of Enugu and Ebonyi states; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and David Umahi; and a foremost constitutional lawyer, Prof Ben Nwabueze.
He added that the governors and Nwabueze were ‘ESN Commanders’ since they can be seen in the same photograph with him.
Kanu said, “Since standing beside or taking a photo with me makes you an #ESN “deputy commander”, perhaps the very preeminent & foremost constitutional lawyer, Prof. Nwabueze, @DaveUmahi, & Gov. Ugwuanyi are all #ESN deputy commanders.”