The 11 soldiers who were killed in the bloody Benue communal clash between Konshisha and Oju local government areas in Benue State have been buried on Monday in Wurukum Military Cemetery in Makurdi, the Benue State capital amid high emotions.
The Governor also expressed condolences with President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief of Army Staff and the leadership of the Armed Forces over the death of the soldiers, describing the incident as unfortunate.
Ortom apologised to the families of the fallen heroes where he vowed that the state government would collaborate with security agencies to ensure that all those who perpetrated the act would be fished out and brought to book, saying he regretted how the soldiers died in the hands of the militias while trying to ensure peace in troubled areas of the state.
Governor Ortom also appealed to the families of the deceased soldiers to forgive him for uncomplimentary comments he may have made in the course of the situation, saying he said that based on the information available to him at that time.
The governor pledged his administration’s support for the bereaved families to enable them to overcome the difficult moment.
Watch the video of the burial below.