Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has donated N500,000 each to the families of the 11 slain soldiers in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the State last week.
He made the donation while speaking during the burial at the Commonwealth Cemetery in Kaduna.
The Governor, represented by the SSG, Alhaji Lawal Balarabe, presented the cheque of 5.5 million naira to the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Mohammed Mohammed.
According to the governor, “the soldiers fought gallantly to protect our lives and property but paid the supreme price.”
He vowed that the State Government will not relent in supporting security agencies, saying, the killers of the soldiers will be brought to book.
On his part, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai described the occasion as solemn, while giving the assurance that criminals and armed bandits will not be allowed to stop them from performing their constitutional duties.
Represented by the General Officer Commanding 1 Div, Major General Mohammed Mohammed, he condoled with the families of the slain soldiers and pleaded with them to accept it as an act of God, adding that, “From God we came, and to God we shall return,” he added.
“On the morning of 20th March 2018, our able bodied men who joined this job barely a year ago to serve the country and told their relations I have joined the Army, have now paid the supreme sacrifice defending their country”.
“Could they have paid their lives to aid those who killed them? All of us will join them; it’s only a matter of time. To have been trained for six months and additional training and to be cut short is really painful”, he emphasized.
The General also gave the assurance that those who killed them would also be prosecuted, saying, their blood was not shed in vain and their memories will remain with fresh always.
It would be recalled that the eleven soldiers were killed while on the Army’s Exercise “Ayem Akoatuma” on March 20th, 2018 and were paid last respect the military way with a 21 gun salute.
The slain officers were, Olabode Hammed, Bamidele Adekunke Emmanuel, Owhochukwu, Christian Chigoziri, Adamu Muhammed, Lamara Ahmed and Mubarack Suleiman.
Others include, Bashir Dani., Usman Abubakar Halo, Nafiyi Iliyasu, Safiyanu Ahmed and Alhassan Ibrahim.