The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Sunday disclosed that Ikonso, its chieftain killed in a combination operation by the Nigerian security comprising of the Nigerian Army, the Police and the Department of State Security (DSS) was actually murdered because he refused to compromise.
The group accepted that Ikonso was one of them, adding that he died as a martyr, fighting for injustice, inequity and inequality; the position he stood solidly against until he was murdered by the Nigeria security.
A statement issued by the media and publicity secretary of the group, Emma Powerful described Ikonso’s death as painful and vowed that “Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma and all those who had a hand in this wickedness will pay dearly for it”.
Meanwhile, IPOB said Ikonso and some members of IPOB and ESN operatives were murdered at Oguta junction at Mgbidi, along Owerri road Onitsha expressway by the joint security forces with the support of Imo State Government and not in their hideout.
The statement maintained that “Uzodinma decided to kill Ikonso because he refused his offer to head Ebubeagu ghost security outfit formed by South East governors.
According to IPOB, “Uzodinma has tried but without success to lure ESN operatives into Ebubeagu. He had made irresistible offers to them which were turned down, hence his resorting to elimination of these patriotic heroes who vowed never to betray Biafra.
“Hope Uzodinma sent a lot of emissaries to beg Ikonso and other ESN officers to join Ebubeagu Security outfit. So, because of their refusal to betray Biafra agitation and our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the hopeless governor mobilized joint security forces to attack them today”.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.