Suspected ESN gunmen behead Nigerian Army couple in Imo
Gunmen suspected to be from the Eastern Security Network (ESN) on Friday shot dead and then beheaded a couple who were operatives of the Nigerian Army.
SaharaReporters quoting military sources said that A.M Linus, a sergeant first class in the army and his wife were on their way to Imo State when the incident happened.
After beheading the couple, the gunmen were said to have called their family members to mock them.
A gory video of the incident seen by SaharaReporters showed the gunmen putting the heads on the victims’ chests after the bizarre act.
“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 criticism 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 she was beheaded”.
Meanwhile, attacks by armed men suspected to be members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) have increased in the South-East in recent times. The attacks often target security agencies and government facilities.
This latest attack is coming a few hours after gunmen stormed a military checkpoint in Agulu, Anaocha LGA of Anambra State on Saturday and opened fire on soldiers, killing one in the process.