A captain of the Nigerian Army and 13 soldiers recently ambushed and killed by Boko Haram insurgents in the North East were yesterday laid to rest at Commonwealth Military Cemetry, Kaduna.
They were drawn from the One Mechanized Division of the army in Kaduna.
The had run into the Boko Haram ambush while on escort duty along Damaturu/Maiduguri road on December 24,2018.
Speaking at the burial, the General Officer Commanding, (GOC) One Division, Maj-Gen Mohammed Mohammed, said the deceased “paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of this great country.”
But he said they did not die in vain and said: “We will remember them forever as brave soldiers.”
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Continuing, Mohammed said: “These enthusiastic and inspiring men, exemplified the values of our nation and the military which are loyalty, courage, selfless service, respect, honour and dignity.
He assured soldiers still engaged in battle with the insurgents of the ” unwavering support of the Chief of Army Staff and the leadership of our dear nation in ensuring that you are provided with necessary equipment as well as adequate welfare to carry out your duty effectively and efficiently.”
The Commandant of Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Major Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade, who was at the burial approved the sum of N500,000 (five hundred thousand naira) to each of the family of the slain soldiers
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