The remains of seven personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) ambushed and slain by bandits in Birnin Gwari community of Kaduna State on January 9 have been laid to rest.
The NSCDC personnel had been on routine duty, Protecting a mining site in Birnin Gwari Local Government, when the armed bandits attacked.
Their corpses were handed over to their families and loved ones at the NSCDC Kaduna Command after a brief interment ceremony.
The Commandant-General of the Corps, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, bid the officers and men goodbye as he paid his last respects at the lying-in-state ceremony, held at the Kaduna State Command of the Corps.
Dr Audi described the deaths of the personnel as a “rude shock”, and consoled families, friends and other loved ones on the “sad loss”, praying for the repose of the souls of the departed.
Represented by the Commandant, Kaduna Command, Idris Adah, the CG praised the efforts of the deceased “gallant officers” who lost their lives “in defense of the country “, describing them as “Heroes, never to be forgotten”.
“Although the loss is painful and the tears are much, God knows best,” he said.
“We cannot question God; therefore, let us live right, be in peace, love and harmony with our fellow men because one day, all of us will give account to God,” he admonished.
Describing the seven slain personnel as having died “in the line of duty “, the NSCDC boss added that they were “committed and dedicated” members of the Corps “who will be greatly missed by colleagues and friends at work”.
Reporting by Ibrahim Shuaibu; Editing by Fany Olumoye, Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor