The Military in Nigeria has denied allegations that it has been secretly burying soldiers killed in the Boko Haram terrorist war.
According to the report by Wall Street Journal at least 1,000 soldiers killed since the terror groups began an offensive last summer have been buried at the sprawling secret graveyard in Maiduguri and an official cemetery at the base. The report records family of deceased soldiers sharing their ordeals of their loved ones being buried in unmarked graves.
In a Press release the military spokesperson Onyema Nwachukwu said The Wall Street Journal was ignorant of military burial procedure when it reported on Thursday morning that fallen Nigerian soldiers of Boko Haram insurgency were being transported to an unmarked gravesite near Maiduguri for a secret and undignified burial.
“In tandem with the traditions of the Armed Forces, fallen heroes are duly honoured and paid the last respect in befitting military funeral of international standard,” he said.
The cemetery described in the publication, near Maimalari Cantonment, was an officially designated military cemetery with a cenotaph erected in honour of the fallen heroes, explained the army spokesperson.