The Nigeria Army, NA, says it has launched investigation to unmask those who killed two of its personnel in South East, Audu Linus and Gloria Matthew.
Linus, a Master Warrant Officer (retired) and Gloria, a Private were transiting to the South East for the traditional wedding ceremony of Gloria on Saturday, April 30 when they were killed and beheaded.
The photo of their headless bodies has been uploaded on social media platforms.
A statement dated May 3 and signed by Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director, Army Public Relations alleged that the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network, ESN were responsible for the dastardly act.
Nwachukwu, who described the cold blooded murder as one too many by the IPOB/ESN regretted that the killers could not even spare Gloria, who was their sister having hailed from Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State.
Nwachukwu said; “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 East Nigeria did not prevail on the sensibility of the dissidents.
“This dastardly act, one too many, clearly portends the deep seated hate, desperation and lawlessness with which foot soldiers of IPOB/ESN have being unleashing terror on Ndigbo, whom they claim they are on a mission to protect and emancipate, as well as other innocent Nigerians who are resident or transiting the South East.
“This gruesome murder, in which they did not spare even their own child, clearly depicts callousness, impenitence and is indisputably, a brazen act of terrorism perpetrated by IPOB/ESN”.
According to Nwachukwu, the IPON/ESN have continued to live in denial, while masquerading as unknown gunmen in their criminal violent campaign in the region.
The Army spokesman vowed that the NA will ensure the perpetrators of the dastardly act unleashed on its personnel do not go unpunished.
The NA deeply condoled with the families, relations and close associates of the victims, saying the NA would ensure that they did not die in vain by unmasking and bring the criminals who perpetrated the heinous crime to book.
He enjoined members of the public to oblige security agencies with actionable information that will lead to the arrest of these criminals.