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Army inaugurates cenotaph in honor of our fallen heroes in North East

Army inaugurates cenotaph in honor of our fallen heroes in North East

Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai the chief of Army has inaugurated a cenotaph at Gudumbali, Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno in honor of troops, who died in the course of battle.
During the inauguration Buratai said that the town was one of the strongholds of Boko Haram terrorists in Borno North during the heat of the insurgency. He want further to admitted that the army suffered heavy casualty and loss of equipment in the battle to liberate the town in 2015.
The town Gudumbali is about 125kms to Maiduguri, the state capital, but 15kms to neighbouring Niger Republic.
According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Buratai inaugurated the memorial arcade shortly after he flagged-off sanitation to clean up the town as part of activities to mark the 2018 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL).
“It was very difficult from 2014, in fact from 2013, 2014, it was difficult to come into Gudumbali from the eastern axis, it was very difficult, Gudumbali was heavily mined and fortified.
He further to say that several attempts were made by 134 Battalion to enter here but it was not successful.
`Similarly, when the unit 157 attempted to move in for the first time, they had to withdraw. So many mines or IEDs were laid along the road to this place.
“At last, when the final directive was given, they were able to muster and successfully entered Gudumbali and crossed over and then habour here.
“It was at this point after habouring late in the night that the Boko Haram terrorists came and surprised them – troops, and the rest is history.
He elaborate that we lost quite a number of soldiers and quite a number of equipment,’’ Buratai lamented.He, however, explained that the major cause of the loss of personnel and equipment was as a result of the “heat on the logistics vehicle that further ignited the fuel, ammunition and other items that set the whole camp into confusion.
He say  that it was not all that a defeat but it was an incident that happened as a result of attack by the Boko Haram terrorists,’’ the army chief added.
According to him, we will continue to pray for the souls of the departed both here and other places; may their gentle souls rest in perfect peace.


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