Suspected IPOB militants raped the female soldier before her fiancé, beheaded the couple and then posted the gory video online, it was revealed.
The incident happened in Imo State at the weekend.
Spokesperson of the Army, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, has confirmed the incident, adding that the Army was investigating it
Nwachukwu said, “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.”
A military source, however, revealed to the The Punch that our woman was first raped before she was shot dead along with her fiancé.
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.
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.”