The Nigerian Army’s allegation that it has nabbed Eastern Security Network, ESN, Deputy Commander has been refuted.
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu said that the arrested man was too old to be recruited into the ESN. Kanu made this disclosure on Thursday, May 13.
Recall that the Nigerian Army had alleged that it nabbed Awurum Eze, the ESN Deputy Commander in Aba, Abia State.
Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the Director of Army Public Relations announced the arrest of Awurum on Wednesday night.
Reacting to the arrest, Kanu debunked the reports, labeling it as false. Through Emma Powerful, Kanu said in a statement that Awurum was handed over to the NIgerian forces as an ESN Commander after a disagreement with the traditional ruler. The statement reads;
“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 in to 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. We are not like Nigeria that lives in propaganda; we tell the truth always. So, stop harassing innocent Biafrans in the name of a manhunt for ESN personnel.
“Our background check revealed that the said man had issues with his traditional ruler who gave his contact to the security agents alleging that he belongs to ESN. He is not our own.
“We are assuring them that whatever they do they cannot win ESN in this fight for freedom. The secret killing and abduction can never make IPOB change our resolve towards restoring Biafra as an independent nation.
“Again, we wish to remind Biafrans and the world, of a grand plot by the Nigeria security agencies to reduce the Biafra population through the ongoing secret abductions and killing of innocent Biafrans after tagging them IPOB and ESN members.
“This wicked plot which started in Imo State is now gaining momentum across the entire Biafra land through the collaboration of some traitors in the mould of Supreme Court administrator of Imo State Hope Uzodinma and his likes. Biafrans of all age brackets are now at the mercy of the double-faced Nigeria security agents as all they need to arrest and kill them off is to brand them ESN operative or sponsor.”