Army condemns killing of its staff, says attack shows ‘IPOB does not protect Igbos’

The nigerian army says the recent killing of two soldiers by suspected members of the outlaws Biafran Indigenous People (IPOB) has shown that the secessionist group does not work in the interest of the Igbo. Army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said as much in a statement on Tuesday. PREMIUM TIMES reported that gunmen killed and then beheaded two soldiers at an unknown location in Imo state on Saturday. Military authorities later confirmed that the victims, Linus Audu, a retired senior non-commissioned officer, and his partner, Gloria Matthew, a private, were traveling to Imo state for their traditional wedding when they were attacked and killed by the gunmen. Ms. Matthew was from the Nkwerre Local Government Area of ​​Imo State, southeastern Nigeria, according to the army spokesman. Mr. Nwachukwu expressed surprise that the female soldier was killed by the outlaw group despite being indigenous to the southeast, where the terror group claims it is on a mission to protect and liberate. “Ironically, the fact that one of the soldiers, Gloria Matthew, who hails from the Nkwerre Local Government Area of ​​Imo State (and) has an ethnic affiliation with the good people of southeastern Nigeria, did not trump the sensitivity of the dissidents. “This cowardly act, one of many, clearly foreshadows the deep-seated hatred, desperation and anarchy with which IPOB/ESN foot soldiers have been unleashing terror in Ndigbo, whom they claim to be tasked with protecting. and emancipate, as well as other innocent Nigerians residing in or transiting through the Southeast. ALSO READ: Armed men kill police, three others in Anambra “This appalling murder, in which they did not spare even their own son, clearly shows the cruelty, the impenitence and is undoubtedly a brazen act of terrorism perpetrated by IPOB/ESN,” he said. The army spokesman said the outlaw group has “continued to live in denial, while posing as unknown gunmen in their criminal (and) violent campaign in the region.” He said that the Nigerian military will ensure that the gunmen who carried out the cowardly act against its personnel are punished. Nwachukwu, who expressed his condolences to the families and associates of the victims, said the army had launched an investigation to “unmask and bring the criminals to justice”. He urged the public to provide law enforcement agencies with “actionable information” that will lead to the arrest of suspects. Gunmen attacks have increased in the southeast in recent times. Attacks often target security agencies and government facilities. Imo and Anambra states have seen more gunmen attacks than other states in the region. The Nigerian government has accused IPOB of being responsible for the attacks in the region. But the separatist group has repeatedly denied involvement in the attacks. IPOB is leading the agitation for the formation of an independent state of Biafra from south-east and some parts of south-south Nigeria. The leader of the separatist group, Nnamdi Kanu, is currently detained in Abuja, where he is facing trial for alleged treason. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Army condemns killing of its staff, says attack shows ‘IPOB does not protect Igbos’