The Minister of Defence, Retired Major General Bashir Magashi says the military will not relent in it’s efforts to protect lives and property of Nigerians despite the unwarranted killings of personnel.
Retired General Magashi gave the assurance in Benue State when he led top military brass to pay condolence visit on the families of the twelve soldiers that were murdered by militias in Konshisha Local Government area.
Speaking during a courtesy call on Governor Samuel Ortom, the Minister of Defence decried the gruesome manner the officers were killed and stressed the need for such things not to be allowed to happen in order not to make the country look ungovernable to outsiders.
He pointed out that while the military hirarchy would do everything necessary to motivate the troops to continue with their constitutional mandate, the Benue State Government must ensure that the bandits who murdered the soldiers are arrested and justice served on them.
In his response, Governor Samuel Ortom expressed deep regret of the Government and people of Benue State on the Konshisha incidence and assured the Nigeria army that the bandits who killed the officers would be apprehended and the weapons recovered.
Governor Ortom who pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari and the military to accept the condolences of the state said Government would reach out to the families of the murdered officers with some form of support.
The Governor also expressed appreciation to the military, especially members of the Operation Whirl Stroke for doing extremely well in securing the lives of Benue people, adding that without the military the state would have be over run by herdsmen and bandits.
The Minister of Defence was accompanied on the visit by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor that of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao and other top military officers.