Update: Identity of one of the soldiers killed in gun battle with bandits in Niger state revealed

Sergeant Omale Onalo, has been identified as one of the three soldiers killed during shootout with armed bandits in Magama local government area of Niger state.

WITHIN NIGERIA reported that armed bandits on Monday, May 17, killed three soldiers and abducted a Chinese national at Libale community in Nasko.

It was gathered that the bandits were met with stiff military resistance. This resulted in an exchange of fire between the bandits and the military, who were protecting the Chinese nationals working on a construction site in the community.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, who confirmed the killing of three soldiers after holding an emergency security meeting at Government House, Minna, said bodies of two bandits were recovered by the soldiers.

Three Soldiers were killed by bandits and our security men are trailing them. I can assure you that they will be arrested soon. Some of the bandits were killed as two bodies have been recovered so far.” the Governor stated.

A family member, Mary Agbali Oke took to Facebook on Tuesday, May 18, to mourn the gallant soldier.

“Unselfishly you left your mother, u Left behind your your sisters and brothers, leaving your beloved children and wife. You put on hold your dreams just to fight for those whose freedom you granted. Many horrors you have endured,”

“Now it is over, you have gone back to meet with your Creator. Pain and death was the price that you ultimately paid. You fought to defend our nation, you did not die because you were sick or because you were in a wreck, you died defending our country Nigeria, in magama local government area of Niger state by heavily armed bandits after surviving the boko haram assignment for almost six years. Rest in peace gallant soilder, RIP uncle onalo omale, we will forever miss you. Good night my uncle.”


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