Nigerian Army blows hot over murder, beheading of two soldiers by IPOB

Nigerian Army blows hot over murder, beheading of two soldiers by IPOB

The on Tuesday blew hot over the murder and of two soldiers in Imo State by members of the Indigenous of Biafra (IPOB).

The Army, in a statement on Tuesday by its spokesman, Brigadier- Onyema Nwachukwu, said the Nigerian Army, on Saturday, 30 April, 2022 received information on the gruesome, barbaric and most despicable manner in which IPOB and its affiliate, (ESN) murdered in cold blood, two soldiers ,Master Warrant Officer (MWO) Audu M Linus (retired) and Private(Pte) Gloria Matthew, who were on transit to Imo state for their traditional wedding.

“Apparently, the soldiers had embarked on the trip to fulfill the traditional rites of conjugating their matrimony, as the very well respected and cherished Igbo tradition demands.

“Ironically, the fact that one of the soldiers, Pte Gloria Matthew, who hails from Nkwerre LGA of Imo State, has an ethnic affiliation with the good people of South Nigeria did not prevail on the sensibility of the dissidents.

“This dastardly act, one too many, clearly portends the seated hate, desperation and lawlessness with which foot soldiers of IPOB/ESN have being unleashing terror on , whom they claim they are on a to protect and emancipate, as well as other innocent Nigerians who are resident or transiting the South East,: he said.

The slain

The statement said this gruesome murder, in which they did not spare even their own , clearly depicted callousness, impenitence and is indisputably, a brazen act of terrorism perpetrated by IPOB/ESN.

“Though the dissident groups have continued to live in denial, while masquerading as unknown gunmen in their criminal campaign in the region, the NA will ensure the of this dastardly act unleashed on its personnel do not go unpunished.

“While we deeply condole with the families, and close associates of the , the NA has commenced to unmask and the criminals to book.

“Members of the are please enjoined to oblige security agencies actionable information that will lead to the arrest of these criminals,” the army said.

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