Fourteen soldiers killed by Boko Haram insurgents in North East Nigeria between May and July this year including two Majors have been named by the army headquarters, Abuja.
The soldiers alongside one other killed while serving under the United Nations Mission in Dafur (UNAMID), Sudan, were earlier today given state burial with complimentary full military honour.
The fallen heroes included Majors A.T. Fambiya and Abdullahi Kanoma, Staff sergeant Keku Adebayo, Corporal Ahmed Usman, Corporal Mathew Ade, Lance Corporal Adamu Ibrahim, Lance Corporal Suleiman Gimba, Lance Corporal Salisu Saduaki, Usman David and Lance Corporal Ajani Olusola.
Others are Private Zakariya Dauda, Daniel Kantoma, Nya Bassey, Bassey Emmanuel and Enyenihi Effiong.
A statement signed by Colonel John Agim of the Directorate of Army Public Relations yesterday said “Nigerian Army will be holding a National Burial for its officers and soldiers that died in active service at the National Military cemetery, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua way.”
The statement said President Goodluck Jonathan and other top government officials will be in attendance.
However, Information Nigeria can confirm that President Jonathan, who is consoling his wife over the loss of her foster mother, was represented at the ceremony by Vice President Namadi Sambo.
The C C would have attended the function despite mourning his mother in-law;the military men are his esp-de-corp.