Ikonso Don Biography, Net Worth, Career
Nwaokike Kayinayo Andy who is popularly known as Ikonso Don was a commander of the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
He was born on the 25th of December, 1985, and hails Awo Omamma, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State. Before joining the Eastern Security Network, Ikonso was a staunch supporter of Nnamdi Kanu and a member of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). He was killed by the Nigerian Army in April 2021.
In April 2021, the Nigerian Army revealed they have killed ESN commander Ikonso in a gun battle at Awomama, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.
Confirming his death, the spokesman of the Nigerian Army Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima said a joint task force led the attack against the ESN commander.
“The joint intelligence team had earlier interviewed several arrested IPOB/ESN terrorists in connection with the April 5 attacks and they all confessed that Ikonson Commander who was named as Vice President by their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, and was the one that mobilized men and resources as well as ordered and orchestrated the attacks on Owerri.
“On noticing the presence of the joint operations team, IPOB/ESN terrorists brought heavy volume of fire on the raiding team who swiftly responded and overwhelmed them with superior firepower that neutralized Ikonson and six of his top Commanders.
“Sadly, however, a Second Lieutenant and three IRT operatives paid the supreme price in the firefight that ensued. The four officers who fought gallantly have already been evacuated to a military facility in Owerri.”
“The joint security team is already dominating the general area while preparations for further operations are in top gear. The neutralized Ikonson Commander had on several occasions posed for photographs with the fugitive leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.” The statement partly read
However, Emma Powerful, a spokesperson of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) claimed Ikonso was murdered in his sleep by the Nigerian Army.
Emma Powerful said
“Nigerian media initially failed to investigate and report the accurate information about the death of Commander Ikonso and those with him. Sections of the media only peddled lies and fake news dished out by the same security agencies that murdered Ikonso in his sleep.
“The bitter truth the Nigerian Government didn’t want people to hear, which IPOB disclosed at the said interview, was that Ikonso was murdered in his father’s house, not in any imaginary ESN camp or battlefield as the liars would hope to have us believe.
“The same Army, Police, and DSS in Imo State that never for one day arrested or prosecuted any Fulani terror herdsman ravaging Imo State before the coming of Ikonso; the same Nigerian security agents that have always provided cover for terrorists and bandits, had the guts to ambush and kill the only man that drove Fulani terrorist herdsmen out of Imo State. Something Hope Uzodinma, Ohaneze Ndigbo, and those Efulefus that conspired to kill him were not able to do.
“Commander Ikonso and the men with him in his father’s house were murdered by the Nigerian state with the help of APC (All Progressives Congress) politicians and Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership in Imo State. The worst part is that they lied about it,” a part of the statement read.