Nigerian forces eliminate IPOB’s ESN commander Ikonso, 6 others

A top IPOB ESN Commander identified as Ikonso has been killed by security operatives in Imo state weeks after public assets in the state were allegedly attacked by the group.

Nigerian forces eliminate IPOB’s ESN commander Ikonso, 6 others

ESN is the militia wing of the Indigenous People of Biafra. The federal government had proscribed the organisation led by fugitive Nnamdi Kanu.

IPOB and ESN were indicted in several isolated attacks on security personnel at different locations in the South-East and South-South.

An intelligence officer told PRNigeria that group’s fighters opened fire as security forces approached their hideout.

“In a 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 other armed fighters.

“Ikonso is the Vice President designate as well as the coordinator of all the militia operations of the group. He was the mastermind of the attack on the Imo Police Headquarters and several other attacks on security and military personnel and facilities.

“The operation is 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,” the source said.

After battle, the remains of Ikonso and others killed were recovered. Six AK47 rifles, hundreds of ammunition of different caliber, bullet proof charms, among others, were found.

Three policemen and one army officer are receiving treatment for injuries sustained during the fight.

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