By Mohammed Tijjani, Kaduna.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kaduna State Command, on Saturday handed over the remaining four corpses of its personnel, who were killed by bandits, to their families for burial.
Recall that seven NSCDC personnel and five others were killed by bandits in a bandits’ ambush at Kuriga village in Birnin Gawri Local Government Area of the state on Monday.
Earlier, the NSCDC had handed over the body of the late Insp. Fidelis Yusuf for interment on Thursday, while ASC1 Shamsudeen Labaran was buried on Jan. 10 at Anguwan Dosa cemetery, according to Islamic rites.
The remains of ASC ll Augustine Simon were, however, conveyed to Benue State for burial on Friday.
The four officers, whose remains were handed over to their families for burial, included ASC II Peter Ayuba, CA II Yashim Elisha, Insp. Michael Musa and Sgt. Peter Kurah.
The Commandant-General (C-G)f NSCDC, Dr. Audi Abubakar, while paying his last respect to the slain personnel, said that the incident had elicited grief across the country.
Abubakar, who was represented by NSCDC Commandant Kaduna, Mr Idris Adah, noted that President Muhammadu Buhari and the entire NSCDC staff, as well as Nigerians were all saddened by the incident.
“We don’t have the right to query God, It has happened, and death is, of course, inevitable. This is their own day; when ours comes, we shall all go,” he said.
The C-G called on NSCDC personnel to see the deaths of their colleagues as a reminder that one day they would also be laid to rest.
Saying that some compensation would be paid to the families of the deceased personnel, Ababakar stressed that no amount of compensation could be compared to the lives of the departed.
“Notwithstanding, appropriate attention will be given to the families of this our slain brothers.
“We just have to take heart; we don’t have control over such kinds of situation. Everybody should endeavour to be praying for the eternal rest of their souls,” he said.
The C-G, while consoling the families of the slain officers, prayed to God for the repose of their souls.