- Senator Ali Ndume has said 840 Nigerian soldiers have been killed by the Boko Haram terrorists from 2013 till date
- The senator who is the chairman, Senate Committee on Army, said they were buried in the Military cemetery located in Maiduguri
- He said the figure did not include other soldiers killed by the insurgents and buried in other military cemeteries
The Senate committee chairman on Army, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, on Tuesday, October 15, said 847 soldiers were buried at a military cemetery in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
According to him, the casualties were those who died as a result of insurgency in the state from 2013 to date.
Borno state is the worst hit in northeastern Nigeria by the terrorist group, Boko Haram and its affiliates.
Ndume, however, said the allegation that the military had a secret cemetery for mass burial of personnel was false.
Addressing Senate correspondents in Abuja, Ndume said: “We even visited the cemetery because as you know, there have been reports of mass burial by the Armed Forces.
“We went to see how well kitted they are. We also visited the Army hospital.
“So far, from the record we saw in the cemetery, I think we lost over 847 soldiers – by their record there and that is in that cemetery alone. That is from 2013 to date.
“You know they have cemeteries elsewhere where they bury victims. But that allegation that there is mass burial is not true. Nigerians don’t do that. The Nigerian Army will never do that.”
Meanwhile, following its tour of liberated communities in the northeast, the Coalition for Human Rights and Rights Monitoring Group has praised the Nigerian Army for restoring peace to the region.
The group, consisting of 10 civil society organisations said it undertook a 10-day assessment to gather first-hand information on the state of affairs in the region.
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