By Kelechi Ogunleye, Abuja.
The remains of seven personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), who were ambushed and killed by bandits on Jan. 9, have been laid to rest in Kaduna State.
This is contained in a statement by NSCDC’s Director of Public Relations, Mr Olusola Odumosu, on Sunday in Abuja.
Odumosu recalled that the operatives were slain in Birnin Gwari community, while on a routine duty of protecting a mining site in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State.
He said that the corpses were handed over to the families and loved ones of the deceased at the NSCDC Kaduna Command after a brief interment ceremony.
The Commandant-General (C-G) of NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Audi, bade the departed officers and men goodbye at a lying-in-state ceremony held on Saturday.
Audi, who was represented by Mr Idris Adah, Commandant, Kaduna Command, praised the efforts of the gallant officers who lost their lives in defence of the country and described them as “heroes, never to be forgotten.”
“They died in active service; they fought a good fight with the last drop of blood in their veins to safeguard the country. Although the loss is painful and the tears are much, but God knows best.
“We cannot question God; therefore, let us live right, love, be in peace and harmony with our fellow men because one day, all of us will give account to God,” he said.
The C-G assured families and next of kins of the deceased of timely payment of benefits accruable to them.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for consoling and remembering the Corps at its time of grief.
Audi said: “Mr President’s condolence message motivated us greatly; it renewed our strength and rekindled our hope that we are not alone.
“This means a lot to us as a service and we are grateful for the support we are getting from the presidency, and we feel proud serving the nation.”
The NSCDC chief said that the Corps would not be deterred by the unfortunate incident; rather, it would spur the organisation into more aggressive action against the people’s common enemy.