On Thursday, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) disclosed that a total of 36 officers lost their lives in Niger State.
Major General Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, provided this information during a briefing where he outlined the casualties resulting from both the ambush of troops in Niger State and the subsequent crash of an evacuation helicopter on August 14, 2023.
The detailed breakdown of the casualties was presented during the biweekly briefing of the Defence Media Operations.
In response to queries about the helicopter crash’s cause, Major General Buba reiterated that an ongoing investigation is being conducted to ascertain the exact cause. He cautioned citizens against falling for terrorist propaganda and urged them to maintain their patriotic spirit.
The incident occurred when insurgents launched an ambush on troops in the Zungeru region of Niger State, resulting in the sacrifice of some courageous soldiers from the Nigerian Army.
Furthermore, a Nigerian Air Force MI-171 Helicopter, deployed for casualty evacuation purposes, crashed on Monday in the Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of the same state.