Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has condemned the killing of 12 military personnel in Bonta Village, Konshisha Local government area of the state.
Speaking at the burial which took place at the Military Cemetery, Wurukum, Makurdi on Monday, the state Governor regretted the death of the Army personnel in the hands of the militias while trying to ensure peace in troubled areas of the state.
“We condemn the killing of the soldiers who were out to maintain peace. Attack on security men is attack on all. The attack was uncalled for and unwarranted. They were out to keep peace and got killed in the process otherwise, we all know what soldiers would ordinarily do in such a situation.”
“If I said anything that was offensive to the families, I ask for their forgiveness. I earlier said only two soldiers were involved based on the information available to me at that time.”
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The remains of 12 military personnel including one captain and 11 soldiers were committed to mother earth in the presence of the Governor, Commander of Operation Whirl Stroke OPWS, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, the Commanding Officer, 72 Battalion, military personnel as well as family members of the deceased soldiers.
Conducting the funeral service, Chaplain of 73 Battalion, Major Ibrahim Mavisky, as well as the Imam, Captain AA Bashir both agreed that there is time to be born and time to die saying, “we brought nothing to this world and we shall surely leave with nothing.”
They noted that the fallen heroes were peace makers who went out not for evil but for peace and regrettably met their death in the process.
“These people died innocently and without any offense. It is the promise of God that each of us has a stipulated time to go. We will all go back to God someday and explain how we live our lives. God will console the entire Nigerian Army and the immediate families they left behind.
“The slain soldiers were out to serve the nation but we’re cut short. We therefore pray for their souls and that God should grant them eternal rest,” they said.
It would be recalled that the deceased military personnel included Capt. Adeolu Adedayo and 11 soldiers met their death while they were trying to clear an illegal roadblocks that was mounted by a local militia know as Bonta Boys at Bonta Village in Konshisha Local Government Area of the state on Easter Monday.
Bonta Village in Konshisha and Ukpute-Ainu in Oju LGA had been embroiled in land dispute at the borderline for sometime now.
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