Nigerian Soldier
Highlight

Nigeria Military Vehemently Denies ‘Secret Graves’ Media Report

174

The Nigerian Military vehemently denied a report by the WSJ that alleged the Army maintains secret graveyards in the North East theatre of operation.

“Therefore, it must be unambiguously clarified that the Armed Forces of Nigeria does not indulge in secret burials, as it is sacrilegious and profanity to extant ethos and traditions of the Nigerian military, said Defence spokesman, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu.

“This insinuation can only emanate from an uninformed position of the author of the said publication.”

The Military said that the cemetery described in the publication, situated in Maimalari military Cantonment is an officially designated military cemetery for the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the North East theatre, with a Cenotaph erected in honour of our fallen heroes.

Nwachukwu said in tandem with the traditions of the Armed Forces, Fallen heroes are duly honoured and paid the last respect in befitting military funeral of international standard, featuring a funeral parade, gravesite oration, solemn prayers for the repose of departed souls by Islamic and Christian clerics, as well as gun salutes, aside from other military funeral rites.

The Wall Street Journal in a report Thursday said that after dark, the bodies of soldiers are covertly transported from a mortuary that at times gets so crowded the corpses are delivered by truck.

Speaking with WSJ a soldier said the bodies are laid by flashlight into trenches dug by infantrymen or local villagers paid a few dollars per shift.

The sprawling secret graveyard in Maiduguri and an official cemetery at the base, the operational command for the northeastern front in Borno State, hold the bodies of at least 1,000 soldiers killed since the terror Boko Haram groups began an offensive last year, according to soldiers and military officials—some of whom estimated a far higher death toll.

 

Leave a comment

Related Articles

Bullying scandal in Abuja private school stirs condemnation, management reacts

Nigerians have taken to social media over the viral video of a...

Power outages: FG set to unbundle 11 Discos, each state to get its own firm

The Federal Government says it has begun the restructuring and unbundling of...

Tinubu departs Abuja for Netherlands, attend economic forum in Saudi Arabia

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will on Tuesday, April 23, depart Abuja for...

Merge NSCDC, FRSC with Police – IG

The Federal Government should merge the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps...

NDLEA urges Lions Club, other service organizations to join war against illicit drugs

The National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has urged service and...

FG begins loan disbursement to businesses, manufacturers

“The Federal Government of Nigeria is proud to announce the operational launch...

Horrific! Babcock varsity law professor shot fatally, two others abducted in Ogun

The gunmen, who killed the lecturer, also abducted two others at the...

Ogun begins sale of rice at discounted prices to workers

Ogun State Government has commenced sale of rice to its workforce as...

NFF debunks appointing Amunike as Super Eagles coach

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has described as fake news that it...

Kidnapped RCCG pastor rescued, says Oyo Govt.

The Oyo State Government announced the safe rescue of Pastor Olugbenga Olawore...

APC declares Ondo governorship primary inconclusive

In Ondo State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) 2024 Governorship Primary Committee...

In a rebuttal, NUSA tells South African Police Nigerians didn’t attack police, damage properties

Contrary to claims by the South African Police Service (SAPS), the Nigeria...

Ondo gov. primary: Commissioner assaults senior journalist, damages his phone

  …..NUJ calls his action as barbaric and unacceptable The Ondo State...

Ondo APC guber primary: 171,922 delegates elect candidate out of 16 aspirants

No fewer than 171,922 accredited delegates are voting in Saturday’s All Progressives...

Tinubu appoints Emomotimi Agama as SEC DG

Mr. Emomotimi Agama has been appointed the Director-General of the Stock Exchange...

Driver nabbed for slaughtering 80-year-old boss, wife in their Abuja apartment

Pa Adebola Ezekiel, an 80-year-old man, and his wife, Abiodun Ezekiel, have...

NNPC Ltd., First E&P, achieve 20,000 bpd production at OML 85

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) and its joint venture...

Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority invests $500m in infrastructure

The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) says it has invested over $500...

Breaking: N300m laundering charge: FCT High Court discharges, acquits ex-AGF Adoke

After a seven-year trial, Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court...