The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC says seven of its personnel have been killed by suspected bandits in Kaduna state, alongside five other sister security agencies and local security service.
A statement signed by the Corps Spokesperson, DCC Olusola Odumosu, the sad incident took place on Monday at the Kuriga mining site in Birnin Gwari LGA of the State.
The NSCDC notes that the personnel who were attached to the State Ministry of Mines were killed while on official duty at the mining site.
The remains of the slain officers and men have been recovered and deposited at the Barau Diko Hospital Kaduna.
The Commandant General, Mr Ahmed Audi, describes the incident as unfortunate and a big loss to the Corps, families of the slain victims and the nation at large .
He commiserates with the families and friends of the deceased and prays that God grants them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
In honour of the slain personnel, the CG has directed that the Corps’ flag be hoisted at half-mast.
Mr Audi noted that a national prayer involving both Christians and Muslims would be organised at the Corps National headquarters, Abuja, to pray for Gods protection for all officers and men of the Corps in the new year to avert possible future recurrence.
Writing by Ibrahim Shuaibu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Julian Osamoto & Adeniyi Bakare