Kaduna Donates 5.5 Million Naira To Families Of Slain Soldiers
11 soldiers paid the ultimate price for the people of Kampanin Doka village in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state.
They were killed by armed bandits who raided their military outpost on March 20, 2018.
Nine days after their deaths, they have been laid to rest at the Commonwealth cemetery, Kaduna.
The late soldiers are Private Olabode Hammed (Ogun state), Private Bamidele Adekunle Emmanuel (Ogun State), Private Owochukwu Christian Chigoziri (Rivers State), Private Adamu Muhammed (Bauchi State), Private Lamara Ahmed (Jigawa State), Private Mubarak Suleiman (Plateau State), Private Bashir Sani (Katsina State), Private Usman Abubakar Jalo (Gombe state), Private Nafiu Iliyasu (Jigawa State), Private Safiyanu Ahmed (Jigawa State) and Private Alhassan Ibrahim (Kaduna State).
The Kaduna state Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai represented by the Secretary to the State government Lawal Balarebe donated 500,000 Naira to each of the next of kin to the slain soldiers in a single cheque amounting to 5.5 million Naira.
A family member of one of the slain soldiers, Sani Leman Kila described their death as unfortunate and painful but attributed it to the will of God.
Speaking at the funeral ceremony, the chief mourner and Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai represented by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Army Headquarters Kaduna, Major General Mohammed Mohammed described the death of the soldiers as painful but a sacrifice and supreme price for the people of Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State and Nigeria.
While condoling the families of the deceased soldiers, he said the military will stop at nothing to fish out the perpetrators of the attack and bring them to justice.
It would be recalled that on 20th March, 2018, the 11 deceased soldiers were deployed at Kampanin Doka village on a military operation against arm banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling code named "Exercise Ayem AKpatuma" (Cat Race), when they got ambushed by men they were directed to kill or apprehend.