Brigadier-General Zirkushu Dzarma and four other troops were laid to rest on Friday in Yola, Adamawa State’s Saint Stephen’s Protestant Church, where they perished in battle against Boko Haram terrorists.
Major Luka Barde, Lance Corporal Simon Solomon, Sgt. Chagumeji Victor, and Sgt. Danyaro Umar were the other fallen troops whose identities have been released.
Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the Federation, and Crowther Seth, deputy governor of Adamawa State, were among the dignitaries in attendance at the funeral service.
Although Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya, the Army’s chief of staff, had been expected, he had not yet arrived at the time of this reporting.
The Nigerian Army’s 23rd Brigade Cemetery in Yola will serve as the last resting place for the fallen troops.
Terrorists in the Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State ambushed and murdered the troops on November 13.
For what he called “their tremendous sacrifices to the Nigerian nation,” Governor Babagana Zulum referred to the troops as fallen heroes.
Furthermore, he said that the people of Borno “would always remember them and other dead heroes, and they will always be completely backed by valiant forces now working on front lines.”
Also, President Muhammadu Buhari conveyed his condolences for those who perished.
An insurgency that has been raging in Nigeria’s North-East for more than a decade has devastated the region.
More than a thousand people have been killed and millions have been displaced by the fighting.