Army holds private burial for 100 soldiers killed by Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army has organised a
private burial for over 100 officers and
soldiers killed during terrorist attacks on
Nigerian Army 157 Task Force Battalion
last month,one of the
widows of the officers that the burial
would take place in Maiduguri on Friday.
It was, however , learnt that the army
wanted the event to be private so that the
real number of slain soldiers will not be
known.
One of the widows who did not wish to
be identified said, “ I was invited for the
burial of my husband with a few others
this Friday in Maiduguri.
“ Sincerely, we don’t even know how
many will be buried and the army is not
giving us any information. ”
A colonel , who spoke to our
correspondent on condition of
anonymity , said the army decided to
make the burial private in order to hide
the true casualty figure .
He said, “ Gen Buratai said only 23
soldiers were killed in the attack . He also
put the number of troops wounded in
action at 31 . However, we all know that
is not true . Over 100 were killed and a
private burial is now being organised in
order not to expose their lies.”
When our correspondent called the
Director, Army Public Relations , Brig. Gen
Sani Usman, for comment , he cut all
calls , asking our correspondent to send a
text message instead .
However , he refused to respond to a text
message sent to him as of press time.
Lt. Col . Ibrahim Sakaba had died
alongside over 100 soldiers on November
18 , 2018 .
His younger brother , Lt. Yakubu Sakaba ,
was also killed by Boko Haram on
October 5 , 2014 .

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