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Gunmen rape soldier in presence of fiancé, behead couple in Imo

Gunmen terrorising South-Eastern part of Nigeria have taken their daredevil acts to a new level as they beheaded a couple who were personnel of the Nigerian Army.

According to a source, the gunmen raped the female soldier before beheading them.

The source said the couple were travelling to the state to formalise their traditional marriage rites when the incident happened, adding that the criminals made a video of the incident and circulated it online.

The source said, “They were on their way to Imo State on Saturday when the incident happened. The man, a Master Warrant Officer, and the woman, a Lance Corporal, were on transit when they met the criminals who killed them and made videos and circulated online. The woman was raped before they shot at them and cut off their heads.

“The man was a member of the 19 regular intakes while the wife was of the 79RI. The man still has a father; his brother is also a soldier working at a battalion in Kaduna State.”

“It’s so sad that we soldiers are no safer, the man was a member of the 19 regular intakes while the wife was of the 79RI. They were on their way to Imo State on Saturday when the incident happened. You won’t believe these gunmen as we speak still used their phones to make calls to their family members, making jest of them and threatening to kill them as well.

“This couple just married recently, even their photoshoot caused a lot of criticisms and seems they were punished for it. Though the man is married to another woman with grown-up kids, he suddenly eloped with this young soldier; I was told the girl also had kids before joining the army as well.

“The man still has a father; his brother is also a soldier working at a battalion in Kaduna. The lady was also raped before they were beheaded,” a soldier was quoted to have said.

In the circulating audio, one of the gunmen was heard speaking to a friend of the deceased lady admitting that the couple was killed for being soldiers.

“It’s quite unfortunate that it has come to this way, I killed them already. Have you heard of unknown gunmen before?

“Do you see how soldiers are killing innocent people because of unknown gunmen? Yah, that’s why I caught them yesterday and I killed them,” he was heard telling the lady who later burst into tears.

In April, no fewer than five guests returning from a traditional wedding ceremony in Anambra were on Monday night abducted by suspected gunmen, according to the police command in the state.

Last week, some gunmen reportedly abducted 10 members of the Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Obene Community, Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Meanwhile, in the mid of April 2022 troops of the 34 Artillery Brigade, Nigerian Army, claimed to have neutralised a notorious gunman of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN), in Imo.

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