The Nigerian Army has accused the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of unleashing terror on Ndigbo, whom they claim to be protecting.
The army authorities said this while confirming the murder of a couple on Saturday.
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Daily Trust had reported how the couple – Audu Linus, a Master Warrant Officer, and Gloria Matthew, a Private – were murdered and beheaded on Saturday.
Confirming the tragic incident in a statement issued in Abuja, Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, vowed that their killers would be tracked down.
“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 Local Government Area 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,” the statement read.
Nwachukwu noted that the dissident groups have continued to live in denial, while masquerading as unknown gunmen in their criminal violent campaign in the region.
He stressed that the Nigerian Army would ensure the perpetrators of the dastardly act unleashed on its personnel do not go unpunished, urging members of the public to oblige security agencies with actionable information that will lead to the arrest of the criminals.
“While we deeply condole with the families, relations and close associates of the victims, the NA has commenced investigation to unmask and bring the criminals to book,” he said.