What Army GOC said during burial service for 11 soldiers killed in Kaduna [Photo]
The General Officer Commanding, One Mechanise Division, Nigerian Army, Major-General Mohammed Mohammed, has expressed Army’s readiness to defend the territorial integrity of the country.
Speaking at the interfaith burial service for the 11 soldiers who were killed by bandits along Brinin-Gwari road on March 20, 2018, he said the Nigerian Army in spite of challenges would continue to discharge its responsibility to the territorial integrity of the country and ensure its corporate existence.
He explained, “We will continue to ensure the peace of this country. We will continue from where those killed stop.
“They came to the profession a year ago, they came to give their service to the nation. They have just finished their six months recruitment training and unfortunately, some of them have not even gone home for their family members to see them when their lives were cut short by bandits.
“Though they were cut short, the blood they shed is not not in vain for they have paid the supreme price in service to the nation.”
The GOC enjoined young Nigerians not to be afraid of joining the Army reminding them that everybody has a way he or she would return to the creator.
Governor Nasiru El-Rufai, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Alhaji Lawal Abbas, assured that the state government would not relent in supporting the activities of security agents, adding that the government will do everything to ensure that the perpetrators were brought to book.
The state government gave the sum of N500,000 (five hundred thousand naira) each to the 11 deceased families.
Franklin Owochuku, an elder brother to the late Owochuku Christian, who was in tears, said he had always supported the late younger brother in his education and anything he intended to do.
Other relatives of the departed soldiers, who were in tears, prayed for their late brothers and wished that the departed souls rest in peace.
The departed soldiers are Private Hammed Olabode from Ogun State, Private Bamidele Adekunle from Ogun State, Private Adamu Mohammed from Bauchi State and Private Lamar’s Ahmed from Jigawa State.
Others are Private Suleiman Mubarack from Plateau State, Private Bashir Sani from Katsina State, Private Usman Abubakar from Gombe State and Private Nafiu Iliyasu from Jigawa State.
The rest are Private Sefiyanu Ahmed from Jigawa State and Private Alhassan Ibrahim from Kaduna State.