For a group such as IPOB whose operations remain tacit, he had to take some effort from the security officers to figure out who the group commander is.
Previously, not everybody knew there was a group commander named Ikonso. So how did the security operatives find out about him, and how they knew he was the source of the attack on the Nigerian Correctional Service and the State Police Headquarters in Imo State on April 5? You may bet that such information had to be obtained by business intelligence work.
On Saturday, the Nigerian army revealed where the useful information came from and how they were able to follow the ESN commander when he was murdered.
The military said its troops and the police intelligence team killed Ikonso, known under the vice president, and six other members of IPOB who’ s been working for Eastern Security Network (ESN), during a raid that was carried out at the operating headquarters of IPOB/ESN in Awomama village, in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.
The Chief Public Relations Officer of the Army, Brig. Gen Mohammed Yerima posted a picture of the late Ikonso and the IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu and the shrine on which the IPOB and ESN men gathered in Orlu East.
The army spokesman revealed that they had been tracking Ikonso and other IPOB commanders for a few weeks before finally killing him.
It is said that since the attack on the Nigerian Correctional Service and the State Police Headquarters in Imo State on April 5th, the IRT and DSS teams alongside troops of the Nigerian Army have been following up the IPOB group.
And it was discovered that Ikonso was the one who coordinated the attacks on the facilities and several other attacks in the southeast and southwest.
Some people were arrested during the April 5th attack, and they admitted that Ikonso was the mastermind of the attack, and He has been appointed Vice President by the group’ s leader, Nnamdi Kanu. They also confessed that he had coordinated several other attacks against police stations in the Southeast and South- South.
From there, security operatives started following him up, although it took them a couple of weeks to catch up with him. After weeks of following him, Nigerian forces ended up following him to his exact location at Awomama, in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, where he finally got murdered.
According to reports, ESN personnel had opened fire on Nigerian troops when they entered their camp, and the Nigerian force reacted immediately and, ultimately, the men of the ESN were defeated by the Nigerian force. Commander Ikonso was killed along with six other group members, and two more group members were arrested.
A few sophisticated weapons were recovered from them that included six AK- 47 rifles, hundreds of munitions of various calibre, and charms.
The army said that the late Ikonso had posed for pictures on several occasions with the leader of the IPOB group, Nnamdi Kanu.
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