The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has said that seven of its personnel were killed in Kaduna state, alongside five other a sister security agency and local security service.
According to a statement signed by the Corps Spokesperson, Olusola Odumosu on Tuesday, the sad incident took place on Monday, at the Kuriga mining site in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna State.
The Corps noted that the personnel who were attached to the State Ministry of Mines were killed while on official duty at the mining site.
The remains of the slain officers and men have been recovered and deposited at the Barau Diko Hospital Kaduna.
The Commandant General, Ahmed Audi, described the unfortunate incident as a big loss to the Corps, families of the slain victims and the nation.
He commiserates with the families and friends of the deceased and prays that God grants them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
“In honour of the slain personnel, the CG has directed that the Corps’ flag be hoisted at half-mast and that a national prayer involving both Christians and muslims be organized at the Corps National headquarters, Abuja, to pray for Gods protection for all officers and men of the Corps in the new year and avert a recurrence of such awful incident.”