The death of Ikonso Don, the Imo State Commander of Eastern Security Network (ESN) made a wave in the media about two weeks ago. The late ESN Commander who allegedly masterminded the coordinated attacks on the Nigeria Police Command Headquarters, and Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) facilities in Owerri, was trailed and killed in his hometown, Awomama, Imo State by joint security operatives made up of the Army, DSS and Police. Following his death, about six other members of the Eastern Security Network were equally arrested.
According to the report by vanguardngr.com, late Ikonso’s Deputy Commander of the ESN in Imo State who is identified as Awurum Eze has been arrested by security operatives in Aba, Abia State. The report revealed that Awurum, a 48 years old native of Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo, was pointed by other Members of ESN who are already in the custody of security agents. Following the information, his villaged was invaded in a bid to arrest him, but the 48 years old ESN Deputy Commander managed to escape.
According to the report by vanguardngr.com, Awurum Eze had escaped from his village in Isiala Mbano when an Intelligence Response Team (IRT) stormed the place on the 4th of May, 2021. Since then, security operatives have been tracking him until he was finally arrested in Aba on the 12th of May, 2021. Awurum Eze who is alleged to be the second in command to the late Ikonso, is the second high profile member of the Eastern Security Network to be neutralized by security agencies.
Late ESN Commander, Ikonso Don
For a while now, there have been series of attacks on security formations in Imo State by unknown gunmen, who are alleged to be members of the Eastern Security Network. It can be recalled that the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had setup the Eastern Security Network some months ago, alleging that the ESN will provide security for the old Eastern region against attacks and invasions by Fulani Herdsmen. However, few months later, Imo has witnessed series of attacks in the State by those believed to be members of the IPOB’s Eastern Security Network.