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  • Updated: March 19, 2024

Nigerian military begins 3-day mourning for slain soldiers, orders flags to fly at half mast

Nigerian military begins 3-day mourning for slain soldiers,

The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) has kick-started a three day national mourning for the 17 soldiers killed by irate youths at Okuama, Ughelli South Local Government Area (LGA) of Delta State.

Among the 17 killed are the Commanding Officer of 181 Amphibious Battalion, Oleh (Lieutenant Colonel Abdullahi Hassan Ali), the Joint Task Force (JTF) Commander in Bomadi (Major Gembu Shafa), another Major and a Captain.

The mourning started on Monday.

To mourn the departed soldiers, flags are to be flown at half-mast in all military locations nationwide.

Sources in the military said a signal to that effect has been issued to all the three Services – the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force.

“A directive has been issued by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa to the three Services to that effect.

“From  Monday March 18, 2024, up till March 20, 2024, all colours, (flags) are to be flown at half-mast in honour of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) personnel Killed In Action (KIA)", a source said.

Flying  the flag at half mast is to show respect and sorrow for heroic personnel  who have lost their lives in the service of the nation.

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