…Group says the arrested man too old to be recruited into ESN, let alone Ikonso’s deputy

The Nnamdi Kalu led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has distanced itself from the man arrested by the Nigerian Army which claimed he was second-in-command to Easter Security Network (ESN) Commander Ikonso who was killed by security operatives last month.

IPOB described the Army’s claim as “a blatant lie and a cheap propaganda to lay false claims to imaginary military prowess.”

In a statement signed by IPOB’s publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, and made available to African Community News, the group said the arrested man was not an operative of ESN, adding that “Such a man is too old to be recruited into ESN let alone being Ikonso’s Second-in-Command.”

According to the statement- “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.

“The Nigeria security agents should stop making a mockery of themselves. The arrest of innocent Biafrans and labeling them ESN operatives cannot make you overpower our gallant ESN operatives.

“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,” Emma Powerful stated.

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