The Nigeria Army has recovered the bodies of 11 soldiers murdered by unknown gunmen in Benue State.
The 11 murdered officers were said to be on a stabilisation operation in Benue State before they were killed.
This was contained in a statement released by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, in Abuja.
According to Yerima, the troops were initially declared missing which led to the deployment of a joint search and rescue team comprising army troops and personnel of Operation Whirl Stroke.
He said the search and rescue team unfortunately found all the missing troops dead in Konshisha Local Government Area of the state.
He added that the bodies of the slain troops were evacuated immediately, and efforts are ongoing to track down the perpetrators of this heinous crime with a view to bringing them to justice.
Moreover, Yerima said that Nigerian Army under the leadership of the Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, would remain resolute in ensuring stability in Benue and other parts of the country that are affected by the activities of criminal gangs.
He gave assurance that the army authority was determined to ensure that the unprovoked attack did not disrupt the general peace being enjoyed by the local inhabitants.
His statement reads, “it may be recalled that Benue which was a hotbed for violent clashes has been enjoying relative peace following the successes achieved by the various security agencies who have been working tirelessly to safeguard law abiding citizens and ensure they go about their legitimate business without fear of harassment by criminals.
“The Nigerian army appeals to the public to volunteer useful information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of this dastardly act,” he said.