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Tears as Nigeria Army bury soldiers killed in Benue

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Nigerian Army on Monday buried the remains of Captain Adeolu Adedayo and 11 other soldiers killed by bandits in Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State.

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The Army on Friday confirmed the killing of the soldiers who were on stabilisation operation in Benue State by bandits.

Army spokesman Mohammed Yerima said the troops were initially declared missing which led to the deployment of a joint search and rescue team comprising army troops and personnel of Operation Whirl Stroke.

He said the search and rescue team, unfortunately, found all the missing troops dead in Konshisha Local Government Area of the state.

Family members, colleagues, and senior officers of the 72 battalion Makurdi led by the Commander, 4 Special Forces Doma, Brigadier General L.G Lepbung and the Commander Operation Whirl Stroke, Major General Adeyemi Yekini attended the burial ceremony at the military cemetery in Wurukum, Makurdi to bid farewell to the fallen heroes.

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The fallen heroes were described as peacemakers at the different funeral service offered by the Chaplain of Protestant 401 Special Forces Brigade, Major Ibrahim Mavisky, and the Imam of the same Brigade, Captain Aliyu Bashir.

The general salute was given to the fallen heroes with 21 gunshots and the presentation of military attires and the national flag to the next of kin of the deceased soldiers and officers.

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom also led a delegation of the Benue State government to the funeral to commiserate with the families, military authority, and the Federal Government.

Ortom condemned the brutal killing of the soldiers and promised to corporate with the military to ensure the arrest and prosecution of those involved in the killing.

He also condemned the action of civilians taking up arms against security forces.


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