IPOB’s beheading of soldiers on the verge of espousing terrorism taken too far

The Nigerian military on Tuesday condemned the brutal killing of two soldiers about to be married and noted that the action was carried out by members of the proscribed indigenous people of Biafra and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network.

The army has described as “horrifying, barbaric and most despicable” the beheading of Master Warrant Officer Audu Linus (retired) and Private Gloria Matthew, who were in transit to Imo State for their traditional wedding when they were killed on April 30, 2022.

The army’s director of public relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Tuesday, said the act was terrorism taken too far.

The punch had earlier reported that Matthew was first raped before being shot with his lover, Linus

The duo were then beheaded and the criminals made a video of the incident and posted it online.

Reacting in the statement titled “Horrific killing of two soldiers by IPOB/ESN, callous and despicable”, the army vowed that the attackers would not go unpunished.

The statement read in part: “Ironically, the fact that one of the soldiers, Private Gloria Matthew, a native of Nkwerre LGA of Imo State, has an ethnic affiliation with the good people of South East Nigeria n did not prevail over the sensitivity of the dissidents. .

“This despicable act, one too many, clearly foreshadows the deep hatred, desperation and anarchy with which the IPOB/ESN foot soldiers have sown terror on Ndigbo, which they claim to have a mission to protect and destroy. emancipate, as well as other innocent Nigerians residing in or transiting through the South East.

“This horrific murder, in which they did not even spare their own child, clearly depicts callousness, impenitence and is unquestionably a brazen act of terrorism perpetrated by IPOB/ESN.

“Although splinter groups have continued to live in denial while posing as unknown gunmen in their violent criminal campaign in the region, the NA will ensure that the perpetrators of this despicable act unleashed against its personnel do not not go unpunished.

“As we express our sincere condolences to the families, loved ones and loved ones of the victims, the NA has opened an investigation to unmask and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

The federal government banned IPOB and designated the group as a terrorist organization in September 2017.

IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services and is facing terrorism-related charges before Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

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