Insurgency: Slain Army Commander Laid to Rest in Abuja

- Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja

The remains of the slain Army Commander, Colonel Husseini Samaila Sankara, were yesterday laid to rest at the Guards Brigade Cemetery amidst tears and emotion by relatives, colleagues and friends.

Sankara died on July 1, 2021 in Abuja due to complicati­ons from injuries sustained in the North-east Theatre Operation Hadin Kai when his vehicle ran into landmines laid by insurgents on May 30, 2021.

The late senior officer was said to have completed his tour of the North-east and was about moving to the next assignment in the Northcentr­al before his vehicle encountere­d landmines along with six soldiers, who died instantly.

In his tribute, the elder brother to the deceased, Shehu Jafiya, said the deceased officer had told his family his mission was accomplish­ed not knowing he was talking about his mission on earth.

He said the late senior officer would be happy in heaven if the insurgency war, and ethnic agitations were brought to an end with the enthroneme­nt of a united Nigeria.

He said the blast occurred on May 30, 2021 and Sankara was flown into Abuja on June 4, 2021.

He said “Sojaman” as he was fondly called in the family finally died on July 1, 2021.

Recalling his last moments with Sankara he explained that “After the blast in Borno State around Dikwa and Marte. He was first flown in an helicopter to Maiduguri where he was stabilised at the military facility, then they moved him to Cedar Crest Hospital in Abuja.”

He said: “I was at the airport to receive him and we had very extensive discussion­s not only one day but progressiv­ely over a week. He kept assuring us that we should not cry or be too worried that he was going to be fine.

“We didn’t know he just wanted to console us by saying we should not be too worried and not cry for him. My last moments with him were indeed emotional and painful to us.”

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