- The BBOG accused the Nigerian Army of secretly burying soldiers who were allegedly killed by Boko Haram terrorists recently
- The group is calling on the Army to release names of the dead soldiers so as to honour them properly
The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group has accused the Nigerian Army of secretly burying soldiers who were allegedly killed by members of the extremist group, Boko Haram in a recent cross fire exchange in Yobe state.
The Sun reports that the BBOG group, in a statement signed by its leaders, a former minister of education Oby Ezekwesili, Aisha Yesufu and Florence Ozor, asked the army to release the names of soldiers killed in the line of duty in the month of July.
The group said: “The report of an ambush on our military by Boko Haram, almost a fortnight ago, was swiftly denied by the Military authority. Unfortunately, photos of mass burials for fallen heroes emerged within the last six days without further information from the military authority.
“Were Nigerians not told that the military had won the war? What then is the reason for the escalation of attacks by the terrorists and the heightened loss of lives of citizens and our soldiers?
“The #BringBackOurGirls Advocacy has been consistent in voicing the correlation between the well-being of our troops, the rescue of our #ChibokGirls and the end of the insurgency.
“It is therefore disheartening that several months after the Federal Government’s announcement that Boko Haram has been technically defeated, we see pictures of a mass burial for our troops, killed by Boko Haram.
“Even as we write this statement, there is news of another ambush that has claimed more of our gallant soldiers.
“We therefore demand the following: The Military Authority should immediately confirm the number of our soldiers that have died within this month of July 2018.
“Their families and Nigerians should have a brief on the circumstances of their deaths as a means to healing, to have closure. Their names should be released for proper honour as obtains in other climes."
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Recall that NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Nigerian Army suffered fresh casualties during a recent fight against members of Boko Haram terrorist group in Yobe state as unconfirmed number of soldiers were killed in an ambush launched by the terrorists against troops.
The soldiers in the Yobe attack, drawn from the 233 Battalion in Operation Lafiya Dole, were said to have suffered the loss while countering an ambush staged by elements of Boko Haram terrorists.
Nigerian Air Force operations against Boko Haram on NAIJ.com TV: