The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has expressed sadness over the death of seven of its officers ambushed and killed on Monday at the Kuriga mining site in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Olusola Odumosu, NSCDC Director of Public Relations, in a statement on Tuesday, said the officers were attached to the Kaduna State Ministry of Mines and were on official duty at the Kuriga mining site when the incident occurred.
According to Odumosu, rifles belonging to the slain officers were carted away by the assailants.
He added that remains of the slain officers had been deposited at the Barau Diko hospital in Kaduna.
The statement partly read, “After the attack, the bandits carted away riffles of the slain operatives and the remains of the slain officers and men have been recovered and deposited at the Barau Diko Hospital Kaduna.”
In his message of commiseration to the families of the slain officers, the Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Ahmed Audi, described the incident as a big loss to the Corps, families of the slain victims and the nation.
Audi also directed that the Corps’ flag should be hoisted at half-mast in honour of the fallen officers, while calling for a national prayer at the Corps national headquarters in Abuja.
“In honour of the slain personnel, the CG has directed that the Corps’ flag be hoisted at half-mast and that a national prayer involving both Christians and Muslims be organised at the Corps National headquarters, Abuja, to pray for Gods protection for all officers and men of the Corps in the new year and avert a recurrence of such awful incident,” the statement added.