Published On: Sat, Apr 24th, 2021

IPOB ‘Vice President’ Killed In Joint Security Raid, As Group Vows Revenge

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News Investigators/ Unconfirmed reports say Operatives of the Nigeria Police and their counterparts from the Nigerian Army and Depart of State Security (DSS), in a joint operation, in the early hours of Saturday, stormed the operational headquarters of Insurgents (IPOB Militias) in Awomama Village Oru East LGA of Imo State, killing unspecified number of militants.

But the group, in a statement, Saturday evening vowed to avenge the death of its Commander, simply named as Ikonso and others killed in the raid.

IPOB, a proscribed self determination group that is operating a security outfits known as Eastern Security Network (ESN) had been blamed for the violent spate of insecurity and attacks in the southeast Nigeria.

The group had been fingered in the recent attacks on the Imo State Police Headquarters and the headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service on 5th April, 2021.

They were also accused of carrying out series of calculated, violent attacks on security personnel and formations in the south east and south south of the country.

According to reports that emerged Saturday evening, security forces were said to have approached IPOB base in Awomama village.
“They came under rapid fire from the group. In a bold and clinical response, the joint security forces fought back gallantly. The Forces eventually neutralized the overall commander of the insurgents in the Southeast popularly known as Ikonso Commander and six (6) other armed fighters of the insurgent group,” the report said.
It described Commander Ikonso aas”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 operation, it was learnt, was part of deliberate effort by the Police and other security forces to quel the activities of insurgents in Imo State and other States of the South East and South South region of the country.

“After the fierce gun battle, the security team recovered the remains of Ikonso Commander and the six (6) of his fighters. Several sophisticated weapons including six(6) AK47 rifles, hundreds of ammunition of different caliber and lots of charms including bullet Proof charms were recovered from the insurgents.

“At the time of filing this report, three policemen and one army officer are receiving treatment having sustained serious bullet injuries during exchange of gunfire with the insurgents,” it added.

Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), has angrily reacted to the killing of a top commander of the Eastern Security Network, ESN simply identified as Ikonso, vowing to avenge the killing. IPOB in a press statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary Emma Powerful strongly condemned the attack and promised: ”hell for all those who had a hand in the attack”.
IPOB which described the death of the ESN commander as ” very painful” 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.
The pro-Biafra movement said that Uzodima had stirred the hornet nest and told him to get ready for “a sting”. The statement read in part: “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!
Additional reports from Vanguard

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