Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen Azubuike Ihejirika
By Ibrahim Shuaibu
The families of the nine soldiers killed by the suspected insurgents in Damaturu, Yobe State have received a cash donation from the Nigeria Army through the commander 3 Brigade Nigeria Army Kano, Brigadier General Ilyasu Abba.
Brigadier General Ilyasu Abba's presentation also went to wounded
soldiers and relations of military personnel killed in the suicide bomb attack in Damaturu, Yobe State.
General Abba, who made the donation on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen Azubuike Ihejirika and the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1Division Maj Gen Wahab, at the headquarters of 241 Recce Battalion in Nguru, urged the next of kin of the deceased soldiers to invest the money in educating their dependents wisely.
“I came here to convey the COAS’ and GOC’s condolences to those who have lost fathers, brothers or uncles in the incident and to pray for the quick recovery of the injured soldiers,” he said.
Abba assured the families that military authorities will ensure prompt payment of compensation for their lost ones and charged soldiers to not be intimidated by the killing of their colleagues.
He informed the beneficiaries that the Yobe State government had contributed N1million each for the families of the dead and N500, 000 each for the injured, while the Army chief donated N200, 000 each and N100, 000 each to the two groups respectively.
General Abba stated: “The nation and especially the army will continue to remember those of you that lost their lives in trying to bring peace to Yobe State and we will continue to pray for them, as well as those of you who are wounded in the attack. Make sure the children of the deceased’s are educated. If you educate them, they will assist you."
It would be recalled that nine soldiers died, while seven others sustained injuries when a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle rigged with explosives into two military patrol vehicles at Shagari Low Cost Housing Estate in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, on August 5.