From Molly Kilete, Abuja
The bodies of one officer and four soldiers from the Guards Brigade, Nigerian Army killed in a terrorists ambush at Bwari, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have been laid to rest in Abuja amidst tears.
The deceased officer, Captain Attah Samuel and the four soldiers were buried at the Guards Brigade Cemetery, Maitama, Abuja. The soldiers were killed while on a clearance operation in the area.
Assistant Director Army Public Relations in Charge of the Brigade Captain Godfrey Anebi Abakpa, made this known in a statement.
The statement made available to Daily Sun reads: “Guards Brigade Nigerian Army and the entire Barracks community was today August 10, 2022 thrown into state of mourning as the remains of Captain Attah Samuel and four other soldiers who recently paid the supreme price during a clearance operation in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were laid to rest at the Guards Brigade Cemetery, Maitama, Abuja.
Until their demise, the gallant soldiers were serving with 7 Guards Battalion, Lungi Barracks Maitama and 176 Guards Battalion Gwagwalada in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, respectively.
While reading the funeral oration of the deceased officer and soldiers, the Commanding Officers of 7 Guards Battalion Lt Col Salim Yusuf Hassan and Commanding Officer 176 Guards Battalion, Lt Col Joshuah Kolowale Adisa described the late Captain and Soldiers as thoroughly bred Infantrymen who were genuinely committed to their duties in defence of Nigeria and whose contribution and services would be greatly missed.
They asked God to console the families left behind stressing that while the Brigade and the Nigerian Army mourns, the families should take solace in the fact that they have fought a just fight and their souls shall continue to rest with the lord till the resurrection morning.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of accoutrements by the representative of the Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen James Alilu Ataguba to the next of kins of the deceased personnel and lowering of the remains of the fallen heroes. There was also the blowing of the last post and gun salute to bid the departed hero’s well
The burial process started with christian wake keep and funeral service held in honour of the fallen heroes at St John’s Military Church (Protestant) before the final Internment at the Guards Brigade Cemetery Maitama Abuja.
The solemn ceremony was witnessed by senior officers of the Nigerian Army, Commanding Officers,Staff Officers of the Brigade, Bwari Area Council Chairman, Hon John Gabaya as well as family members and the barracks community.