On Saturday, a team of security forces comprising deployment of Nigerian Army troops, Nigerian police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) killed the second in command of Indigenes People of Biafra (IPOP) / Eastern Security Network (ESN) Ikonson along with 6 of his top commanders. The Army said Ikonson was the mastermind of attacks on Imo State police Command, the Owerri Correctional Center on 5 April 2021 in addition to multiple attacks in the South-east and South-south regions of the country.

Brig-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, the Director of Army Public Relations said they were killed on detailed intelligence of their location by security agencies, he added that unfortunately four security personnel were killed during the operation and that 3 AK 47 riffles, a Toyota Sienna van  and several other items of value were recovered from them as The statement also reads that a combined team of security forces led by troops of the Nigerian Army have raided the operational Headquarters of the IPOB /ESN terrorists and movement of their overall commander known as Ikonson commander at Awomama Village, Oru East LGA of Imo State.

Ikonson Commander who was the mastermind of the Imo State police Command and the Owerri Correctional Center on 5 April 2021 and other several attacks in the South East and South South regions has been on the trail of the IRT and DSS teams along with troops of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army was finally neutralized along with 6 of his top Commanders.

The joint intelligence team/task force had earlier interviewed several arrested IPOB /ESN terrorists in relation with the April 5th attack and they all confessed that Ikonson Commander who was the then second in command appointed by their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was the one that mobilized men and orchestrated the attacks on Owerri.

Continuing, the statement he added that on noticing the presence of the joint operations team, IPOB /ESN terrorists brought heavy volume of fire on the raiding team who swiftly responded and overwhelmed them with superior fire power that neutralized Ikonson and six of his top Commanders. Sadly however, a Second Lieutenant and three IRT operatives paid the supreme price in the fire fight that ensued. The four officers who fought gallantly have already been evacuated to a military facility in Owerri.

 “The neutralized Ikonson Commander had in several occasions posed for photographs with the fugitive leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru has commended the troops, the Police IRT and DSS operatives for their   determination in ensuring that the operation was a success he prayed for the repose of the souls of the gallant officers who lost their lives in the operation, stressing that their sacrifice will never be in vain.

“The Nigerian Army along with other security agencies will support intelligence based operations in the South East and South South until the regions are free of terrorist activities.”