The remains of a captain, Attah Samuel, and four other soldiers attached to the Presidential Guards Brigade killed in an ambush by suspected terrorists in the Federal Capital Territory have been laid to rest.
At least two officers and six soldiers were killed in the attack which occurred at the Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory on July 24, 2022.
A statement by the Assistant Director of Army Public Relations Guards Brigade, Captain Godfrey Abakpa, said the captain and soldiers were buried on Thursday amid tears at the Guards Brigade Cemetery in Maitama.
He said the burial process started with a Christian wake and funeral service held in honour of the fallen heroes at the St John’s Military Church before the final internment at the cemetery.
It read, “The Guards Brigade of the Nigerian Army and the entire Barracks community were today August 10, 2022 thrown into state of mourning as the remains of Samuel and four other soldiers who recently paid the supreme price during a clearance operation in Bwari Area were laid to rest at the Guards Brigade Cemetery, Maitama, Abuja.
“Until their demise, the gallant soldiers were serving with 7 Guards Battalion, Lungi Barracks Maitama and 176 Guards Battalion Gwagwalada in the FCT.
“While reading the funeral oration of the deceased officer and soldiers, the Commanding Officers of 7 Guards Battalion, Lt Col Salim Hassan, and Commanding Officer 176 Guards Battalion, Lt Col Joshuah Adisa, described the late captain and soldiers as thoroughly bred infantrymen who were genuinely committed to their duties in defence of Nigeria and whose contribution and services would be greatly missed.”