CDS, COAS Deny Soldiers Killed In Action Are Buried In Mass Graves

NIGERIA DARFUR SACRIFICESThe military high command has denied insinuations that soldiers, who died in action at the theatre of war in the North East, were being buried in mass graves.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Alex Badeh and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, debunked the claim while fielding questions from journalists at a press briefing organized by the Minister of Defence, Lt-Gen. Aliyu Gusau (retd), on the 2015 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration in Abuja on Tuesday.

Badeh, who spoke first on the issue raised by journalists that the military had not been giving celebrated burials to those killed in battle, said that the claim was untrue.

He, however, passed the microphone to Gen. Minimah, as the head of the Nigerian Army.

“…Now let me hand over the microphone to the Chief of Army Staff. He will talk the little bit I know on this burial issue, because I know why that question came. There are insinuations that we bury people in mass graves which is not true”, the Chief of Defence Staff said.

The COAS, Minimah, said that soldiers who got killed in battle, were given befitting burial with full military honours in military cemeteries nearest to the field of operations in line with the policy of the Nigerian Army, which he said has been in existence for a long time.

The Army Chief explained that the military had also ensured that the families of fallen soldiers especially their next-of-kin were invited to attend such burials.

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  • The military authority should know that its C-in-C has been the one confusing the military’s rank and file.
    BH’s lack of weapons and funds replenishment from GEJ has enhanced victory for the Nigerian and Cameroon soldiers.
    Oritjeshafor’s plane belongs to GEJ. Its failures in SA has brought BH to a standstill which has made a ceasefire compelling because of shortages of weapons and funds.
    If SA hurriedly returns the $15m, it could be used by GEJ to acquire weapons for BH elsewhere to continue it’s terrorist action. SA shld be told to please hold the money for a little while so that the Nigerian military could consolidate on the ceasefire.
    It’s therefore compelling in the interest of natural justice to release the accused soldiers…and not drag our exalted military institution into the whole foolishness surrounding BH.
    May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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