By Sani Wilson Enemona
Some yet-to-be-identified gunmen have killed a couple who were personnel of the Nigerian Army in Imo State.
A military source disclosed to reporters that the woman was first raped before she was shot dead along with her fiancé, adding that the duo were later beheaded.
The source further stated that 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.
According to the source: “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 intake 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.”
The incident was confirmed to newsmen by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu who further stater that the Army was investigating it.
Nwachukwu, vowed that no stone would be left unturned to ensure that those who committed the crime were brought to book.
According to him: “I have received information about the cold-blooded murder of two of our personnel who were travelling home for their traditional wedding formalities.
“This is a dastardly act unleashed on our personnel by some criminals. The Nigerian Army has commenced investigations to unmask and bring to book the criminals behind the murder.”