Premium Times ‘authoritatively’ quoted a military source as saying that the Army authorities have formally told the families of the 46 personnel of the fate of their loved ones and requested that their next of kin forward bank details for onward remittance of accrued payments.
The sources in the military said the declaration and notification were contained in a November 20 notice sent by M. Jimoh, the new commander of the Nigerian Army 145 Task Force Battalion in Damasak, Borno State.
The Army authorities are acknowledging that 46 of its personnel are missing exactly five weeks after the soldiers were dislodged from their base in Gashigar, Borno State after militants of the Islamic sect raided the region.
It was gathered that the soldiers were manning the Forward Operation Base when the terrorists advanced toward them with superior firepower in the evening of October 16.
It was also learnt that the troops, who had initially resisted the superiority of the militants, abandoned their base and scampered for safety.