Last week, Nigerians woke up to hear about the brutal killing of an Army Captain and some soldiers who were on a routine patrol operation in Konshisha local government area of Benue state.
The 11 fallen heroes were killed by alleged gunmen who ambushed their military convoy.
Unconfirmed reports also claimed that the slain troops met their ‘tragic end’ after intervening in a ‘bloody’ communal clash between Konshisha and Oju local government areas.
Days earlier, they had first been declared missing. But in a statement, issued penultimate Thursday, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Yerima, Director, Army Public Relations, said the missing soldiers were later found dead. This was after a search and rescue operation was conducted.
Though, this is not first time personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria have fallen victim of unscrupulous elements, it is heart breaking that service to fatherland is being turned into source of sorry.
With the killings come new widows and children who have no father to look up to. Dying in the war front is not a new thing, but when it happens when on a mission to restore peace, it becomes unacceptable.
The series of attacks by gunmen on security personnel cuts across the country.