Premium Times reported that seventeen more bodies have been recovered by a search and rescue team overseeing the aftermath of the attack, which occurred at Nigerian army base in Zari Village, north of Maiduguri and near the border with the Republic of Niger.
The Nigerian army officer alongside his killed colleagues, were preventing Boko Haram militants from overrunning their base last Thursday evening. While the corpse of one officer and 16 soldiers were recovered last weekend in the general area of Mobbar Local Government Area, Borno State, troops from 145 Battalion who are leading the search and rescue efforts have transferred the bodies to Maiduguri.
Prince Ebube, a friend to the deceased who penned down an emotional to the late Nigerian army officer, wrote;
“I never wanted it to be true but it is..To even say rest in Peace is very hard for me cos there is nothing peaceful about your death”“Till we meet again my brotherTill we meet again my commandoTill we meet again my bass guitarist..My army officer adieu” he added.
”At least 30 Nigerian soldiers were killed in combat with Boko Haram jihadists who overran a military base in the northeast near the border with Niger.“Scores of jihadists in trucks stormed the base at Zari village, in northern Borno State, late Thursday, and briefly seized it after a fierce battle in which 30 soldiers were killed.