My son was planning to get married – Slain soldier’s mother

Friday Ajagunna
Friday Ajagunna
Graves of slain soldiers

Hanatu Hamman, mother of Late Lance Corporal Peter Hamman, one of the 17 troops of the Nigerian Army, who was killed in Delta State, says her son was planning to get married.

The military personnel were killed by irate youths during a communal clash over a land dispute.

According to the report, the personnel attached to the 181 Amphibious Battalion in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta, were responding to a distress call when they were ambushed and killed.

After the killing, there were reports that the military was planning a reprisal on the communities involved.

However, denying the allegation, the Defence headquarters slammed the community and stressed that no amount of propaganda would stop culprits from being nabbed.

Speaking with journalists on Wednesday in Abuja on the sidelines of the national burial ceremony of military personnel, Mrs. Hamman described the death of her son as “shocking.”.

In an emotional-laden voice, she said the deceased was already preparing for his wedding before his untimely death.

She said, “My son always listened to me. As he joined the Army, he was the one that gave me money to feed and even took care of my health when I’m down. When anything happened to me, I would call him at once, and he would send me money to solve my problem.


“Now that he is no more, I still give God the glory. I’m in God’s hands now, I don’t have anyone to run to for help. Those soldiers left, may God help and protect them as they do their job. My son was planning to get married before his death.”

Theresa Ukem, mother of Late Major Obi, wondered why four children of the late military officer would be catered for and she would also be catered for.

Mrs. Ukem said, “Major Obi was a nice son to me. Very good man. In everything, he is good. I miss him, I miss Obi. I don’t know how I’ll stay. Who will take care of me as a widow. Obi is my son. Who will help me?

“Obi has four children, three from the housewife and one from outside. I can only thank the government for all they have done for us. They brought our son to me; I even buried him. I say thank you. God will reward all of you for what you have done for us.

“I leave his killers with God. It is God who will fight the battle, I cannot fight it. It is Nigeria that will fight the battle. As for me, I leave them with God.”

On his part, Ahmed Abdul, the elder brother to Lance Corporal Ibrahim, urged President Bola Tinubu and the military authority to make all the promises a reality, adding that the family members could only be consoled a little bit with the promise.

He said, “It is a sad event. We have lost a brother who is the breadwinner of the family. He is a man of peace, he is a Muslim to the core. He is a man who, if you don’t say go, won’t go. He respects everyone in the family. He is caring.

“We received the news with great shock because it’s unexpected. He is not somebody who is troublesome. He is not somebody you will find where he is not supposed to be found. So, when the news came, it was so sad. It’s a great loss to the family.

“There is nothing that will compensate for the life of a man. He died fighting for this country, so that is our happiness. So, if the government feels that this is what they can do, according to Mr. President, that this is what they can do for the family, we appreciate them being the leaders.”

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