- The remains of a colonel and four soldiers killed in the Jakana village ambush have been laid to rest by the Army
- The burial was delayed so that families and relatives of the deceased could be reached by Army authorities
- Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, the acting theatre commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, described the deceased as heroes
The remains of a colonel and four soldiers killed in an ambush staged by insurgents in Jakana village along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway have been buried by the Nigerian Army.
Next-of-kin and family members of the fallen soldiers attended the burial ceremony which took place at the military cemetery of the 7 Division, Maimalari Cantonment, Channels reports.
Legit.ng notes that a total of six soldiers died in the ambush which occurred on July 17. However, the sixth soldier, a captain, was immediately buried according to Islamic rites.
Those just buried were identified as Colonel Kenneth Elemele, Lance Corporal Dimos Daniel, Oguntuase Ayo, Ajijola Sunday and Private (PTE) Akinola Ayoola.
The burial was delayed so that families and relatives of the deceased could be reached by Army authorities.
The solemn ceremony was conducted under the lead of the acting theatre commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, who described the deceased as heroes who died for Nigeria.
Adeniyi assured that the unfortunate killings of the soldiers would not deter their colleagues still fighting in the theatre of operation.
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that a fierce gun battle between operatives of the Nigerian military and insurgents in Jakana village of Borno state threw villagers and travelers into a state of panic.
The director, public relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Ado Isa, who confirmed the clash, however, maintained that troops of Sector 1 successfully repelled the enemy.
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