Gunmen have allegedly killed two soldiers, a policeman and two brothers at an unknown location in Imo State.
The victims, A. M. Linus, said to be a sergeant of the Nigerian Army, and his unidentified wife, said to be a Lance Corporal were reportedly shot dead by the gunmen.
Their corpses were said to have been dismembered by the gunmen. A gory image of their heads has gone viral on various social media platforms. A phone conversation with the suspected gunmen, believed to have been initiated by a friend to the slain female soldier, has surfaced online.
In the phone conversation, obtained by Premium Times, a suspected gunman admitted that he killed the couple.
The gunman said they were aggrieved that the military has been consistently killing innocent residents in efforts to attack them (gunmen).
“It’s quite unfortunate that it is this way. I killed both of them yesterday,” the suspected gunman was heard saying in the phone conversation.
As the caller burst into tears after hearing that her friend and her husband had been killed by the gunmen, the gunman was heard making a joke of her.
Confirming the attack yesterday, Army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, said military authorities have received information about the killing of two of their personnel.
Nwachukwu said the military personnel were travelling for their “traditional marriage formalities” in Imo State when they were attacked by the gunmen.
“This is a very dastardly act unleashed on our personnel by some criminals,” he said in a text message in response to enquiry on the incident.
The army spokesperson said authorities of the Nigerian Army had commenced investigations “to unmask and bring to book the criminals behind the murder.”