Nigerian Army’s Guards Brigade Buries Its Captain and Four Officers In Abuja

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The Nigerian Army’s Guards Brigade has commited to mother earth the late Captain Attah Samuel and four other soldiers who were ambushed and killed by terrorists in Bwari area of the Federal Capital Territory FCT Abuja.

Captain Anebi Abakpa

The soldiers were serving in the 7 Guards Battalion, Lungi Barracks, Maitama, and the 176 Guards Battalion, Gwagwalada Abuja.

Captain Anebi Abakpa, spokesman for the Guards Brigade, said in a statement: “The Guards Brigade Nigerian Army and the entire barracks community were thrown into a state of mourning on August 11, 2022, and here are the remains of Captain Attah Samuel and four other soldiers, who paid the supreme price during a clearance operation in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), are being laid to rest at the Guards Brigade Cemetery, Maitama, Abuja.”

Also in their funeral orations for the deceased officer and soldiers, the Commanding Officers of 7 Guards Battalion, Lt Col Salim Hassan, and 176 Guards Battalion, Lt Col Joshuah Kolowale Adisa, described the late captain and soldiers as thoroughbred infantrymen, genuinely committed to their duties in defence of Nigeria, and whose contributions and services would be greatly missed.

They prayed to God to comfort the families they left behind, saying that while the Brigade and the Nigerian Army mourned, the families should take heart that they fought gallantly before they were fell by sinister bullets in an ambush. They assured mourners that their souls would rest with the Lord until the resurrection dawn.

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The distribution of accoutrements to the next of kin of the deceased servicemen and the lowering of the remains of the fallen heroes by the envoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Maj-Gen James Alilu Ataguba, was the high point of the occasion.

There was also a gun salute and the blowing of the final post to honor the fallen heroes. The burial ceremony began with a Christian wake and funeral service at St. John’s Military Church (Protestant) before the ultimate interment at the Guards Brigade Cemetery in Maitama, Abuja.

“The sad event was witnessed by senior Nigerian Army commanders, commanding officers, Brigade Staff Officers, Bwari Area Council Chairman, John Gabaya, as well as family members and many members of the barracks community.

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