The Katsina State Governor, Dikko Radda, on Wednesday, condoled with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, over the death of a soldier, L/ Cpl Mohammed Tijani.
Tijani’s death was confirmed in a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Ibrahim Mohammed, and made available to journalists in the state.
According to the statement, Tijani died in the course of current efforts to tackle terrorism in the state. However, the time of his death was not disclosed in the statement.
It read, “Amid the turmoil that ensued near the Jibia-Batsari road after Gurbin Magarya Junction, one soldier, L/Cpl Mohammed Tijani, tragically lost his life.
“Governor Radda expressed his deepest condolences to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Taoreed Lagbaja, as well as to the grieving family of L/Cpl Mohammed Tijani. The governor offered heartfelt prayers for eternal peace for the departed and for strength for the bereaved family to bear this profound loss.”
The governor was also said to have footed the medical bill of another victim of a recent terrorists’ attack in Matazu Local Government Area of the state.
According to the statement, “In response to the recent wave of insecurity plaguing Katsina State, Governor Dikko Umaru Radda has taken swift action to extend a helping hand to those impacted by the recent terrorist attack.
“A primary focus of Governor Radda’s efforts is the provision of immediate aid to individuals who sustained gunshot injuries during the attacks. Among them, Malam Aliyu Kabiru of Salihawa Fulani Village, Matazu Local Government area, suffered a severe spinal cord injury due to a gunshot wound inflicted by the assailants.
“Responding to the urgent need for medical intervention, Governor Radda directed settlement for his medical bill to ensure that Malam Aliyu’s critical implant surgery was promptly performed.
“The governor’s gesture extended to covering the medical expenses associated with the operation.”
The CPS maintained that the governor’s efforts “are not only aimed at healing wounds but also at sending a clear message of solidarity and support to the people of Katsina State.”
The statement further revealed that Radda’s support extended to “the brave soldiers who sustained injuries while responding to the unfortunate incidents. These wounded soldiers are currently receiving treatment at the General Amadi Rimi Specialists Hospital in Katsina.”
As of the time of filing this report, there has not been a reaction from the state’s 17 Brigade, Nigerian Army.