Charles Nwoke, Nasarawa, Nigeria
January 25, 2021
Not less than seven Nigerian military officers were reportedly murdered gruesomely by gunmen suspected to be bandits during a rescue operation in a forest along Mararaba-Udege road in Nasarawa Local Government Area Council of Nasarawa State.
The slain soldiers, who were ambushed by the suspected bandits on Monday, were from the 177 Guards Battalion, Shitu Alao Barracks, Keffi, Nasarawa State.
It was gathered that the slain military officers were part of a team of 13 soldiers led into the forest by Captain Felix Kura, to rescue Kidnapped victims.
According to a source, the soldiers set out to rescue some Nasarawa State residents who were abducted by armed bandits and forcefully taken into the forest to an unknown destination.
It was equally revealed that out of the 14 military officers, seven soldiers, including Captain Kura; Sergeant Yakubu Bati, Lance Corporal Kefas Iliya, and four others whose identity were yet to be confirmed as of the time of filing this report, lost their lives in the battlefield.
A source who pleaded anonymity told disclosed that,
“As soon as they ran into the ambush and they realized they were being overpowered, Mr. Kura was said to have told his colleagues, including his orderly, ‘to escape’.”
Authorities of the 177 Guards Battalion broke the ugly news to the families of the slain soldiers of their fate “and signal has been sent to the headquarters”.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Sagir Musa, the Nigerian Army Spokesman, denied awareness of the unfortunate incident.
“I am not aware. I don’t have that information,” he said.
However, Fabian Benjamin, an elder brother to the deceased Captain, Kura, confirmed the ugly incident.
A hysterical Benjamin revealed that the family was scared to inform their septuagenarian father, Benjamin Kura, whom he said might not be strong enough to withstand the shock of the hard news due to old age.
He, therefore, stated that his late brother’s body would be buried on Tuesday in his home state, Benue.
Apart from the aged father, Benjamin, the family’s eldest child, also expressed worry over the fate of his late brother’s young wife, Susan, whom he disclosed was yet to bear him a child.
He told newsmen that the victim was just decorated as a captain of the Nigerian Army in August, last year.