June 25, 2024

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Army chief visits Niger State after ambush on troops

Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja left base for Wushishi in Niger State following an ambush by bandits, which resulted in troop casualties on Monday. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the bandits may have caused a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft crash.

The Air Force hasn’t yet addressed these claims. The NAF sortie was on a rescue mission towards the beleaguered soldiers.

However, Director of Army Public Relations Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu confirmed troop casualties but declined to provide specifics. He emphasized the importance of focusing on the families of the affected troops.

“Attention should be on the families of the troops left behind and not the number of troops killed,” he observed saying the CoAS’s visit would serve to boost troop morale.

He said, “I can confirm that there was an incident in Wushishi LGA of Niger State: our gallant patriots paid the supreme price when they ran into an ambush staged by insurgents. They were courageous till the end; they stood their ground and defended our great country with their lives.

“The focus now is how to console and bring respite to those they left behind. Sadly, the incident occurred while the Chief of Army Staff was on an operational tour of the North-West Operations theatre for an on-the-spot assessment and reinvigoration of on-going operations. He is currently headed to the affected formation to encourage the troops.”