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Boko Haram: Nigeria Army buries 19 soldiers killed in Metele attack

Valentine Chinyem



The Nigerian Army on Friday, laid to rest 19 out of the 23 officers and soldiers of 157 Battalion that gallantly paid the supreme price during attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents on 18th November 2018 at Metele, Borno State.

The solemn but colourful burial ceremony took place at Maimalari Cantonment Military Cemetery, Maiduguri, Borno State.

Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen Benson Akinroluyo while speaking said there have been an upsurge in attacks by the dreaded Boko Haram sect, in recent times, the Metele incident being the most recent and painful attack.

“The BH attack on troops’ location at Metele on 18 November 2018, is one of those events that will always be remembered in the history of Operation Lafiya Dole and the sacrifices that our gallant officers and soldiers have made in the fight against insurgency,” he said

According to him, the Nigerian Army lost 23 of her best officers and soldiers while 31 were wounded in the attack. “The theatre has lost valuable equipment and more painfully, officers and soldiers who have had to lay down their lives in defence of our nation.”

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai who was represented by the army’s Chief of Training and Operations, Maj. Gen Lamidi Adeosun, said the names of the “fallen heroes will be written in gold” whenever the history of the counter-insurgency operation is documented.

In attendance at ceremony were the Deputy Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa, who represented the Governor, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, Chief of Training and Operations (Army), who represented the Chief of Army Staff, representative of the Shehu of Borno, families of the deceased heroes, commanders and heads of security agencies, as well as some officers and soldiers of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.