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Army chief vows to arrest colonel’s killers

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The body of abducted Col. Samaila Inusa was yesterday buried at the old Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) burial ground in Kaduna.

The deceased was buried according to Islamic rites, after which he was given military honour with three gun salutes.

Dressed in the national colours of the green-white-green, the body of Col. Inusa arrived at the old NDA cemetery around 11.45 am from the  44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna.

He was buried at noon.

But the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, vowed to arrest his killers to make them face the law.

Represented by the Chief of Administration at the Army Headquarters, Maj.-Gen. Ado Abubakar, the COAS said the Army was mourning the slain senior officer, who had served the country meritoriously.

He described the late officer as a gallant and professional soldier, noting that the Army was not happy the way and manner Inusa was killed.

The Army chief said: “Col. Inusa was a great soldier. We feel the pains. Though death is inevitable and nobody can run away from it. I came in to represent my boss, the chief of Army Staff, because the Army is mourning one of us that has served this country greatly and we are not happy the way he died.

“But whatever happens, we shall see to the end of it all.”

Also, Commander, Nigerian Army School of Infantry Maj.-Gen. Kasim Abdulkarim said the late colonel, who served under his command, was a loyal, committed and hard working officer.

He added that Colonel Inusa would be missed by his colleagues.

Gen. Abdulkarim urged officers and men of the military to take precautionary measures in safeguarding their personal security.

“I feel bad because the officer is directly under me. He was a loyal, committed and hard working officer. We should take our personal security seriously,” he said.

The late colonel, who was chief instructor at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji, near Kaduna State, was kidnapped at gunpoint on Refinery Junction in Chikun Local Government of Kaduna State at the weekend.

The abductors dropped off Inusa’s wife and left with him in his car, heading towards Abuja.

On Tuesday, his decomposing body was found on the Kaduna Eastern bypass, a few kilometres away from where he was abducted.

Born in 1972 in Nasarawa Local Government of Kano State, Col. Inusa attended Ramat Special Primary School in 1979-1985 and proceeded to Ahmadiyya Secondary School, Kano, and obtained his West African School Certificate in 1991.

The late Col. Inusa entered the Nigerian Defence Academy in 1992 as member of the 44th Regular Course and passed out in 1997 with a Bachelor of Biological Science.

He was aide-de-camp to Sierra Leone Vice President and was promoted to colonel last year.

His last appointment was chief instructor at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji, near Kaduna.

Also yesterday, a pro-democracy and non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), condemned the killing.

A statement by its leader, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said Inusa’s kidnap and murder was a sad reminder of a near-fatal encounter Lt.-Gen. Buratai had with alleged armed followers of the Kaduna-based Shiites Movement, which precipitated a clash leading to the death of many people.

HURIWA demanded a comprehensive forensic crime investigation of the criminal act of abduction and assassination of the officer to bring perpetrators and their sponsors to justice.

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