– The bodies of 15 missing soldiers have been recovered by the army
– The soldiers went missing while the army engaged the Boko Haram sect in a fierce battle
– A burial of the corpses has held at Maimalari Cantonment Cemetery
The bodies of 15 soldiers earlier declared “Missing in Action” during an operation to dislodge the Boko Haram insurgents from Gashigar Area in Borno on Oct. 16, 2016, have been recovered by the Nigerian army.
The sixteen personnel were part of the 46 officially declared missing more than six weeks ago.
The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.- Gen. Lucky Irabor, disclosed this at a weekly review of Operation Rescue Final at Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, on Wednesday, January 11.
Irabor said: “The corpses were recovered along Kamadugou River line area in Maiduguri.
“Among the recovered corpses was that of Lt.-Col. K Yusuf, the former Commanding Officer (CO) of 223 Tank Battalion.
“They have since been buried in Maimalari Cantonment Cemetery with full military honours’’ .
In a similar vein, Two soldiers of the Nigerian Army have been killed by Boko Haram terrorists on Tuesday, January 10.
Irabor confirmed the deaths of the gallant soldiers during a press briefing in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.
According to Irabor, the attack occurred late on Tuesday in area called Mate in Borno state.
He did not give the name of the gallant soldiers who died battling the insurgents.
The Army, he said killed several of the terrorists but sadly, the two soldiers paid the ultimate price.