- The death of Commander Ikonso of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) might seriously work against insurgents in the southeast
- A former member of the group has called on Igbo leaders to close all security gaps and do their best to flush out evil elements in the region
- The former militant told Lauretta Onochie, one of President Buhari's media aides, that he is no longer a member of the organisation
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Lauretta Onochie, a presidential media aide, has released a personal chat with a former Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) member whose identity she did not disclose.
In the private discussion, the former militant admitted to Onochie that the killing of Commander Ikonso, known to be the vice president of the proscribed group, has made him and his colleagues reconsider their membership of the terrorist body.
In fact, the fellow said he has changed his mind and is no more interested in the killings and attacks associated with the group.
Giving his advice on the southeast situation, he said insurgents will continue to inflict pain and reign except Igbo leaders rise to their responsibility and take their place in the region.
"The leaders of Ndigbo must take charge of their region as we are now beginning to see in Imo state.
"Nature abhors a vacuum. Where the leaders are silent vultures will crown themselves kings."
Six other fighters of the militia group linked to the IPOB were also killed, while two other members were arrested in the joint operation.
Security agents said the late IPOB commander coordinated all the operations of the group in the southeast.
He was said to have spearheaded the attack on the Imo police headquarters on April 5 and several other attacks on security and military personnel and facilities.
The operation on the IPOB camp was executed on Saturday morning, April 24, in Awomama Village, Oru East local government area of Imo state.