The Nigerian Army on Tuesday laid to rest the remains of an officer and two soldiers who were killed while on clearance operations along Mauli-Borgozo axis on Monday, May 13.
Prominent among those who were laid to rest was Lieutenant Colonel Yusuf Ibrahim Aminu who was the Commanding Officer (CO), of 154 Task Force Battalion Borgozo.
According to a statement by army spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa, the officer was on a clearance operation along Mauli- Borgozo when his vehicle climbed on a buried Improvised Explosive Device which detonated resulting in losing his life and that of two other soldiers while others were wounded in action.
At the Maimalari Military Cantonment Cemetery in Maiduguri Borno State, where the funeral ceremony held, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai commiserated with the family of the deceased.
General Buratai used the opportunity to also commend the efforts of the entire troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the war on terror and charged them to remain steadfast, more committed and professional for the sake of Nigeria.
The COAS emphatically stated that Nigerian Army personnel, under his leadership, despite occasional hitches, – will never be deterred in the ongoing just war against terrorism in Nigeria.
While laying to rest the remains of the patriotic soldiers, Buratai said the sacrifices of all the deceased officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army is no doubt painful to all, but that will further ginger the serving gallant troops to do more to ensure that the nation remains secure and peaceful.
Present at the solemn occasion were the Chief of Training and Operations ‘Army’, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, Theatre Commander OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Benson Akinroluyo, Corp Commander Engineers, Major General John Malu, Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brig Gen Abdulmalik Bulama Biu, Corps Commander Supply and Transport, Major General Victor Offiong, Principal Staff Officers from Army Headquarters, Theatre Command and HQ 7 Division amongst others.