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12 Military Soldiers Killed By Bandits In Benue Buried

At the Military Cemetery, Wurukum in Makurdi, Benue State, the remains of the 12 soldiers killed by bandits in Bonta village, Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State last week, were buried on Monday.

Eleven soldiers and one officer, Captain Adeolu Adebayo, were killed while on a mission to restore peace to the troubled Bonta village in Benue State on Easter Monday.

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, condoled with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the Chief of Army Staff over the death of the 12 military personnel.

The governor promised to work with security agencies to ensure that perpetrators of the act were made to face the law.

“It is unfortunate that this incident took place. I want the Nigerian army, the families of the deceased and indeed all Nigerians to know that the attack on security personnel is an attack on all.

“This attack was unwarranted, it was not needed because all these patriotic soldiers were there to keep peace and that was why they were ambushed. Otherwise, we all know what soldiers can do and the capacity they have to defend themselves.”

Ortom also apologised to families of the slain soldiers should in case he made bad comments at the height of the crisis, saying his statements were based on information he had.

“As a leader, I needed to say something the people needed to hear, and as of that time that I made the comment that it was two soldiers that were missing; it was based on the information that was made available to me.

“But all the same, please I am sorry. It is the responsibility of this government to also join hands with the leadership of the army to see how we can support the bereaved families. May God rest their souls,” the governor said.

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