A Nigerian Army troop comprising of ten soldiers and one officer on operation who were intially declared missing have been confirmed dead by the Nigerian Army (NA) on Thursday.
It was reported that the Nigerian Army troop were on routine operational task in Benue State when they came under attack.
According to a release by the Nigerian Army signed by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the announcement of the missing troop prompted the deployment of a joint search and rescue team comprising NA troops and personnel of Operation Whirl Stroke.
Sadly, all the members of the missing troop were found dead.
“The search and rescue team unfortunately found all the missing troops dead in Konshisha LGA of Benue State. While the bodies of the slain troops were evacuated immediately, efforts are ongoing to track down the perpetrators of this heinous crime with a view to bringing them to Justice.
“The NA under the leadership of the COAS Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru remains resolute in ensuring stability in Benue State as well as other parts of the country that are affected by the activities of criminal gangs. The NA remains determined to ensure that this unprovoked attack does not disrupt the general peace being enjoyed by the local inhabitants.
“The COAS has therefore directed commanders on the ground to ensure sustained efforts in order to fish out and deal decisively with these bad elements who are threatening the peace in the area.” He stated.
In addition, the NA appealled to the public to volunteer useful information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of this dastardly act.
Recall that Benue State which was a hot bed for violent clashes has been enjoying relative peace following the successes achieved by the various security agencies who have been working tirelessly to safeguard law abiding citizens and ensure they go about their legitimate business without fear of harassment by criminals.
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